Functional genomics: Applications to production agriculture

Teresia Buza, Fiona M. McCarthy

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

3 Scopus citations


Functional genomics enables agricultural researchers to investigate how gene expression and regulation contributes to complex production traits at a genome-wide level. There are many different techniques for utilizing functional genomic approaches and new high-throughput technologies are accelerating the amount and complexity of data collected from functional genomics experiments. In this review, we highlight some of the different areas of functional genomics, including some emerging techniques, with a specific focus on how they are being applied to production livestock and aquaculture systems. We look at how transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, interactomics, epigenetics and nutrigenomics are applied to improve our understanding of complex production traits and how the environment affects these traits. We also discuss how changing technologies contribute to functional genomics and the resources agricultural researchers require to ensure that their functional genomics data are effectively translated into benefits for society.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number54
JournalCAB Reviews: Perspectives in Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Nutrition and Natural Resources
StatePublished - Nov 2013


  • Functional genomics
  • Interactomics
  • Livestock
  • Metabolomics
  • Poultry
  • Proteomics
  • Transcriptomics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation


Dive into the research topics of 'Functional genomics: Applications to production agriculture'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this