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Comparison of five methods for genomic breeding value estimation for the common dataset of the 15th QTL-MAS Workshop

Chong-Long Wang, Pei-Pei Ma, Zhe Zhang, Xiang-Dong Ding, Jian-Feng Liu, Wei-Xuan Fu, Zi-Qing Weng and Qin Zhang

Genomic breeding value estimation is the key step in genomic selection. Among many approaches, BLUP methods and Bayesian methods are most commonly used for estimating genomic breeding values. Here, we applied two BLUP methods, TABLUP and GBLUP, and three Bayesian methods, BayesA, BayesB and BayesCÏ€, to the common dataset provided by the 15th QTL-MAS Workshop to evaluate and compare their predictive performances.


For the 1000 progenies without phenotypic values, the correlations between GEBVs by different methods ranged from 0.812 (GBLUP and BayesCÏ€) to 0.997 (TABLUP and BayesB). The accuracies of GEBVs (measured as correlations between true breeding values (TBVs) and GEBVs) were from 0.774 (GBLUP) to 0.938 (BayesCÏ€) and the biases of GEBVs (measure as regressions of TBVs on GEBVs) were from 1.033 (TABLUP) to 1.648 (GBLUP). The three Bayesian methods and TABLUP had similar accuracy and bias.


BayesA, BayesB, BayesCÏ€ and TABLUP performed similarly and satisfactorily and remarkably outperformed GBLUP for genomic breeding value estimation in this dataset. TABLUP is a promising method for genomic breeding value estimation because of its easy computation of reliabilities of GEBVs and its easy extension to real life conditions such as multiple traits and consideration of individuals without genotypes.

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Article made possible through the contribution of Chong-Long Wang, Pei-Pei Ma, Zhe Zhang, Xiang-Dong Ding, Jian-Feng Liu, Wei-Xuan Fu, Zi-Qing Weng, Qin Zhang and BioMed Central.
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