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Analysis of Longitudinal Data from Progeny Tests: Some Multivariate Approaches


Apiolaza, LA and Garrick, DJ, Analysis of Longitudinal Data from Progeny Tests: Some Multivariate Approaches, Forest Science, 47, (2) pp. 129-140. ISSN 0015-749X (2001) [Refereed Article]


Longitudinal data arise when trees are repeatedly assessed over time. The degree of genetic control of tree performance typically changes over time, creating relationships between breeding values at different ages. Longitudinal data allow modeling the changes of heritability and genetic correlation with age. This article presents a tree model (i.e., a model that explicitly includes a term for additive genetic effects of individual trees) for the analysis of longitudinal data from a multivariate perspective. The additive genetic covariance matrix for several ages can be expressed in terms of a correlation matrix pre- and post-multiplied by a diagonal matrix of standard deviations. Several models to represent this correlation matrix (unstructured, banded correlations, autoregressive, full-fit and reduced-fit random regression, repeatability, and uncorrelated) are presented, and the relationships among them explained. Kirkpatrick's alternative approach for the analysis of longitudinal data using covariance functions is described, and its similarities with the other models discussed in this article are detailed. The use of Akaike's information criterion for model selection considering likelihood and number of parameters is detailed. All models are illustrated through the analysis of weighed basic wood density (in kg/m3) at four ages (5, 10, 15, and 20 yr) from radiata pine increment cores.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Forestry sciences
Research Field:Tree improvement (incl. selection and breeding)
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Forestry
Objective Field:Softwood plantations
UTAS Author:Apiolaza, LA (Dr Luis Apiolaza)
ID Code:22363
Year Published:2001
Web of Science® Times Cited:22
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2001-08-01
Last Modified:2002-07-01

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