Effective Breeding Size

  • Donald P. Doolittle
Part of the Advanced Series in Agricultural Sciences book series (AGRICULTURAL, volume 16)


In describing the effects of finite population size, we used as a model a Hardy-Weinberg population of infinite size, divided at random into an infinite number of lines of finite size N. We then related our measures of the effect of finite size to N; e.g., the rate of inbreeding was ΔF = 1/2N.


Model Population Random Mating Finite Size Mass Selection Snow Goose 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald P. Doolittle
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  1. 1.Department of Animal SciencesPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

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