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Pluridisciplinary study for a RObust and sustainabLe Improvement of Fertility In Cows

Objective

Intensive genetic selection in dairy cattle has resulted in a modern cows with very high milk yield but reduced fertility and poor calving performance. The sustainability of dairy cattle farming systems relies in large part on the ability of cows to maintain reproductive performance as they cope with the constraints imposed by environmental conditions and livestock practices.
The strategic aim of this project is to unlock the potential for proactive herd management by providing the farmer with improved tools for on-farm reproductive monitoring and management. This will be achieved by a pluridisciplinary approach to eliminate the key scientific/methodological blockages and develop innovative solutions for a robust and sustainable improvement of fertility in cows. The project is structured in four R&D workpackages, one demonstration, one outreach and one management WP. The project will: 1) develop models to support on farm decision at different levels: animal fertility, herd management, and socio-economic impact for the farm and the farmer 2) identify genes and pathways involved in the adaptation of the reproductive function to different environmental conditions, especially low input feeding systems 3) identify the functional quantitative trait nucleotides for days till first luteal activity (based on progesterone measures) and estimate genomic breeding values using whole sequence information on individuals 4) study the adaptative response of animals to different feeding systems and management strategies 5) demonstrate the applicability of the knowledge and tools produced in the PROLIFIC project at the farm level 6) disseminate the knowledge produced in the project to the relevant stakeholders. PROLIFIC is a pluridisciplinary project taking advantage of the skills and expertise (modelling, molecular biology, genomics, phenotypic recording and statistics) of partners from all Europe. Seven research organizations, one industry and four SMEs are involved in the project

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2012-6-singlestage
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Coordinator

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
Address
147 Rue De L'universite
75007 Paris Cedex 07
France
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 735 987
Administrative Contact
Nathalie Pouvreau (Dr.)

Participants (12)

AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 128 316
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Vagn Cramer (Mr.)
CONFEDERACION DE ASOCIACIONES DE FRISONA ESPANOLA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 100 000
Address
Carretera Nacional De Andalucia Km 23.6
28320 Pinto
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Juan Pena (Dr.)
INRAE TRANSFERT SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 155 000
Address
Rue Du Docteur Finlay 28
75015 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Baldissera Giovani (Dr.)
Agricultural Catchments Programme
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 370 904
Address
Oak Park
R93 Carlow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mary O'brien (Ms.)
LATTEC IS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 149 001
Address
Slangerupgade 69
3400 Hillerod
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Per Thomsen (Mr.)
SERVICIO REGIONAL DE INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO AGROALIMENTARIO DEL PRINCIPADO DE ASTURIAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 21 251
Address
Ctra As-267 Pk 19
33300 Villaviciosa Asturias
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Enrique Gomez (Dr.)
TECHNOLOGIES SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 105 501
Address
Via San Barnaba 32
Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paola Roncada (Dr.)
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 373 376
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Boudewijn Kroes (Mr.)
SKANESEMIN EK FOR
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 38 250
Address
Raby 2003
242 92 Horby
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Anita Alfastorp (Mrs.)
SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 535 692
Address
Almas Alle 8
750 07 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Patrice Humblot (Prof.)
SRUC
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 72 501
Address
West Mains Road
EH9 3JG Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Michael Smith (Dr.)
ALLICE
France
EU contribution
€ 213 752
Address
149 Rue De Bercy
75595 Paris Cedex 12
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Claire Ponsart (Dr.)