The management of genetic variation - Network Agreement
Ane Gro Siri Skjelfjord
Nordic Research Network on animal genetic resources in the adaptation to the climate change - AnGR-NordicNet - a 5 Work package network
Ledes av NordGen ved Juha Kantanen.
Prosjektleder: Theo MeuwissenObjectives to be achieved
The general objective of the network is to contribute to the sustainable utilization of farm animal genetic resources by developing knowledge base, combining the current know-how of the Nordic animal science research, developing Nordic research strategies, and contributing to competitive Nordic research communities in the research fields of climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation.
The detailed aims are:
1. The current knowledge of climate change effects on the Nordic agro-ecosystems and livestock production will be collected, i.e. a literature survey is conducted, and a review paper based on the literature survey published. The review paper will describe current scenarios of climate change effects on Nordic agro-ecosystems and livestock production and direct and indirect effects on animal genetic resources and strategies to diminish GHGs produced in the livestock production.
2. To assess genotype-by-environment (GxE) interactions on fertility, longevity and milk production using reaction norm methods over gradients of geographic allocation, intensity of feeding and management and breed of cow (adaptation potential on the phenotypic level).
3. To assess accuracy of alternative genetic diversity measures (different types and densities of genetic markers) reflecting the potential of a population to adapt to environmental changes (adaptation potential on the molecular level).
4. To assess a variety of breeding strategies to obtain required adaptations in the event of climate change.
5. To give suggestions based on new knowledge obtained in the points 1-4 for the conservation, utilization and investigation of Nordic animal genetic resources within adaptation and mitigation issues.
6. To organize three conferences, a PhD-course, and meetings, to publish peer-reviewed papers and establish Internet pages in order to disseminate results.
7. To establish and develop studies on genetic diversity in farm animal species and climate change effects on primary industries as viable and innovative disciplines, to create, maintain and further develop networks of scientists and institutes and to bring together Nordic and international experts specialised in combining animal genetics and genomics, genotype-by-environment interaction studies and investigations on environmental changes and animal nutrition.
Oppdatert: 03.04.14Utskriftsvennlig versjon
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