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The development and evaluation of natural and sustainable methods for the regulation of fertility in production systems for small ruminants


This proposal will establish a European training and research centre of excellence for sustainable reproduction. From this a new generation of scientists will emerge with the technical expertise and a culture of sustainability to address key issues of sustainable animal reproduction. Training for post-graduate and post-doctoral students in: cellular and molecular reproduction, applied reproduction and reproductive technology, experimental design, data analysis, interpretation and presentation and scientific English There will be 2 types of training (i) PhD and Post-doctoral A research-driven program based around the expertise of the applicant and INRA and comprising studentships and fellowships. The studentships and fellowships will be at INRA, They will be of 3-year duration and they will be linked to the research component of the proposal. Summer schools on specialist subjects will be held to complement research training. (ii) MSc - University of Tours A two year course on sustainable animal reproduction with lectures and a research project. Taught modules include: Cellular and molecular Reproduction, Animal production, Animal welfare and ethics, Research methods and scientific English. The taught modules last 18 months and will be assessed by written and oral examinations. The research module (6 months) at any approved institution researching in any taught component of the course and will be assessed by thesis. Research will be on developing natural methods for manipulating reproduction in small ruminants to produce healthy hormone free food that meets the criteria of sustainable animal production. The emphasis will be on understanding how the animal's environment affects its reproduction and then applying this knowledge to develop natural methods for sustainable animal reproduction.

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