Social selection may reduce pig biting behavior

Social selection may reduce pig biting behavior

INDIRECT genetic effects (IGEs) are the heritable effects an individual has on the phenotype of its social partners, and selection for IGEs has been proposed as a method to reduce harmful behaviors, particularly aggression, according to an announcement from Wageningen University.

However, the mechanisms behind IGEs have rarely been studied, Wageningen researcher Irene Camerlink explained. "Our objective was to assess behavior in pigs that were dive

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