Estimating heritability in honeybees: comparison of three major methods based on empirical and simulated datasets

Hélène Jourdan-Pineau, Gaëlle Antoine, Julien Galataud, Hélène Delatte, Christophe Simiand & Johanna Clémencet
The genetic contribution to phenotypic variation (namely the heritability) affects the response to selection. In honeybee, the haplodiploid sex determination does not allow the straightforward use of classical quantitative genetics methods to estimate heritability and genetic correlation. Nevertheless, specific methods have been developed for about 40 years. In particular, sibling analyses are frequently used with three main methods: an historical model using the average colony relatedness, a half-sibs/full-sibs model and the more recent animal model....
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