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Final Report - RISKSCRA (Dairy products in Mediterranean sheep populations: quantification of scrapie risk)

Project ID: 30278
Funded under: FP6-SME

Abstract

In the Mediterranean area the dairy sheep industry represents a strategic sector within the agricultural and food economy. In the EU, one of the main problems about alimentary safety is related to transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSE). Scrapie is one of the TSEs and is a fatal brain disease of sheep and goats.

Genetics have shown that it is possible to identify resistant or susceptible sheep to TSEs by testing the animal DNA. An integrated set of research tasks will be carried out to quantify the presence of scrapie-susceptible genotypes in milk basing on the current knowledge about scrapie's genetic background.

The project contributed to implementing EU policies by promoting competitiveness, standardisation, regulation and dissemination of best practices in the area of agriculture and more specifically sheep dairy industry. The report outlines that given its European and transnational nature, it will contribute to policies by bringing European small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from different sectors and countries in contact with research centres from across Europe. It will also contribute to create a European Research Area(ERA), the purpose of which is to establish a border-free zone for research, in which scientific resources will be better deployed to create more jobs and to improve Europe's competitiveness.

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