Genetic improvement of resistance to diseases may become one of the basic approaches to'disease control and ehhanced general fitness in domestic animals. Therefore, methods should be developed which allow the estimation of an animal's breeding value with regard to resistance to diseases. This symposium discusses the problem under four main aspects.
1. Genetic variation of disease frequencies in dairy cattle.
2. Histocompatib ility antigens as markers of disease resistance.
3. Genetic resistance against diseases not based on the immune response.
4. Genetic resistance against diseases based on the immune responses.

H. Krausslich

Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume 7. Symposia (1), , 321-324, 1982
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