Professor Tetsuro Nomura

Area and Subject Taught Animal Breeding and Genetics
Research Theme(s) Applications of Population Genetics to Animal Breeding and Conservation
Academic Degrees Doctor of Agriculture, Kyoto University
Keywords for Research Field Animal Breeding, Population Genetics, Genetic Diversity,Biological Conservation
Office Phone Number 81-75-705-1929

Research Overview

Our research applies population genetics theory to animal breeding and conservation.
Specifically, we are carrying out research on the following two themes.

  1. Selection and mating methods for animals (especially domestic animals)
    What sort of individuals should be chosen as parents (selection), and what sort of matings should be performed between the selected parents, are important questions in animal breeding. We are using knowledge from genetics and statistics in our approach to these issues. We are also investigating the validity of the methods by using computer simulation.
  2. Genetic research on wild animal conservation
    In recent years, habitat degradation has placed many wild animal species at risk of extinction. In our research, we are applying population genetics to development of methods for maintaining and increasing populations of such animal species.

Notable Publications and Works in the Last Three Years

  1. T.Honda, S.Sasazaki, K.Oyama, F.Mukai and T.Nomura(2012)
    Sampling method for estimating neutral allele frequency ina pedigreed population. Journal of Animal Breeding and Genetics., 129:226-233.
  2. T.Nomura and J.Takahashi(2012) Effective population size in eusocial Hymenoptera with worker produced males. Heredity., 109:261-268.
  3. Yamashita J., Oki H., Hasegawa T., Honda T., and Nomura T. (2010) Demographic analysis of breeding structure in Japanese Thoroughbred population. Journal of Equine Science., 21:11-16.
  4. Yamashita J., Oki H., Hasegawa T., Honda T., and Nomura T. (2010) Gene dropping analysis of ancestral contributions and allele survival in Japanese Thoroughbred population. Journal of Equine Science., 21:39-45.
  5. Nomura T. (2009) Interval estimation of the effective population size from heterozygote-excess in SNP markers. Biometrical Journal., 51:996-1016.