The discussion will center on the critical analysis of findings in quantitative genetics applied to rabbit breeding, for two groups of production traits of economic importance : litter size and growth rate of the young including their feed efficiency, slaughter and carcass characteristics. The determination of the genetic parameters of populations have two main objectives :

- the discovery of the genetic determinants of the traits : additivity, dominance, overdominance for the direct and maternal genetic effects.
- the study of the theoretical efficiency of selection methods which can be used .

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Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume 6. Round tables, , 465-470, 1982
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