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Towards marker assisted selection against genetic defects in pigs

Objective

The project focuses on the rapid identification of genes underlying congenital disorders in pigs for effective marker assisted selection (MAS) against genetic defects. The occurrence of congenital hereditary disorders is a significant problem for pig producers and selection compagnies and leads to poor animal welfare and severe economic loss. For most of these defects there are strong indications for a genetic component and different research groups all over Europe have made efforts to find the underlying causative genetic mechanisms. However, the mode of inheritance seems complex and no genes or mutations have been identified yet. This project aims to group the efforts of different research groups that are currently working on inherited genetic defects in pigs. Through this collaboration a faster identification of the genes and suitable gene markers for use in marker assisted selection against defects in pigs will be obtained. Thereafter, these markers can be implemented in the breeding programs of the different SME partners and can (later) be commercialised, which will improve the competitive position of the SME partners.

Field of science

  • /agricultural sciences/agricultural biotechnology/marker assisted selection

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2010-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Belgium
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 57 220
Administrative Contact
Tine Heylen (Ms.)

Participants (7)

NORGES MILJO-OG BIOVITENSKAPLIGE UNIVERSITET
Norway
Address
Universitetstunet 3
1433 As
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Rune Eikanger (Dr.)
UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE
Belgium
Address
Place Du 20 Aout 7
4000 Liege
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anne-Sophie Lequarré (Dr.)
SOCIETA AGRICOLA S. FOSCA DI GEMIN ARMIDO & C. S.S. SOCIETA SEMPLICE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 3 200
Address
Via Ca Matta Frazione 12/A
31050 Vedelago
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Silvano Bolzonello (Mr.)
NORDIC GENETICS AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 3 600
Address
Raby 2003
24292 Horby
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Timo Serenius (Dr.)
NORSVIN FORENING
Norway
EU contribution
€ 333 090
Address
Furnesvegen 223
2319 Hamar
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bjarne Holm (Dr.)
RATTLEROW SEGHERS NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 333 090
Address
Oeverstraat 21
9160 Lokeren
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Geert Spincemaille (Mr.)
SELECCION BATALLE SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 2 400
Address
Avenida Dels Segadors
17421 Riudarenes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jordi Arimany (Mr.)