Genomic prediction (WP1) is the core engine of modern breeding programs. Efficiently feeding this engine, while maximizing the generated genetic gain per unit of cost, both in the short and long term, is a key challenge. WP4 aims to contribute to this challenge, by generating tools to optimize the design of genomic breeding programs.
The developed tools not only enable to optimize breeding programs for breeding goal traits that remain important over time, but also support short-term operation level changes to provide flexibility to meet changes in societal or market needs. An important challenge is to maintain the genetic diversity in the breeding populations at such a level that long-term genetic gain is safeguarded. To this end, WP4 also aims to develop tools to select outcross and rare haplotypes as well as animals.