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SMAll RuminanTs breeding for Efficiency and Resilience

Objective

SMARTER will develop and deploy innovative strategies to improve Resilience and Efficiency (R&E) related traits in sheep and goats. SMARTER will find these strategies by: i) generating and validating novel R&E related traits at a phenotypic and genetic level ii) improving and developing new genome-based solutions and tools relevant for the data structure and size of small ruminant populations, iii) establishing new breeding and selection strategies for various breeds and environments that consider R&E traits .
SMARTER with help from stakeholders chose several key R&E traits including feed efficiency, health (resistance to disease, survival) and welfare. Experimental populations will be used to identify and dissect new predictors of these R&E traits and the trade-off between animal ability to overcome external challenges. SMARTER will estimate the underlying genetic and genomic variability governing these R&E related traits. This variability will be related to performance in different environments including genotype-by-environment interactions (conventional, agro-ecological and organic systems) in commercial populations. The outcome will be accurate genomic predictions for R&E traits in different environments across different breeds and populations. SMARTER will also create a new cooperative European and international initiative that will use genomic selection across countries. This initiative will make selection for R&E traits faster and more efficient. SMARTER will also characterize the phenotype and genome of traditional and underutilized breeds. Finally, SMARTER will propose new breeding strategies that utilise R&E traits and trade-offs and balance economic, social and environmental challenges.
The overall impact of the multi-actor SMARTER project will be ready-to-use effective and efficient tools to make small ruminant production resilient through improved profitability and efficiency.

Call for proposal

H2020-SFS-2017-2
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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
€ 1 599 796,59

Participants (26)

ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 451 000
Address
Kedea Building, Tritis Septemvriou, Aristotle Univ Campus
54636 Thessaloniki
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ASSOCIAZIONE REGIONALE ALLEVATORI DELLA LOMBARDIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 158 500
Address
Via Kennedy 30
26013 Crema
Activity type
Other
FORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUR BIOLOGISCHEN LANDBAU STIFTUNG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 261 915,50
Address
Ackerstrasse 113
5070 Frick
Activity type
Research Organisations
CAPGENES
France
EU contribution
€ 185 625
Address
Agropole Route De Chauvigny 2135
86550 Mignaloux Beauvoir
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INSTITUT DE L'ELEVAGE
France
EU contribution
€ 480 000
Address
Rue De Bercy 149
75012 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
SERVICE ICAR SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 175 850
Address
Via Savoia 78 Sc .A - Int.3 Box 107
00198 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Instituto Nacional de Investigacion Agropecuaria
Uruguay
EU contribution
€ 160 000
Address
Ruta 50 Km 11 Estacion Experimental
70 000 Colonia
Activity type
Research Organisations
SRUC
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 449 937,91
Address
West Mains Road
EH9 3JG Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDAD DE LEON
Spain
EU contribution
€ 428 500
Address
Avenida Facultad 25
24004 Leon
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TEAGASC - AGRICULTURE AND FOOD DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 363 696,25
Address
Oak Park
R93 Carlow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 501 038,75
Address
Old College, South Bridge
EH8 9YL Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NEIKER-INSTITUTO VASCO DE INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO AGRARIO SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 61 625
Address
Berreaga Kalea 1
48160 Vizcaya
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ASOCIACION PARA LA SELECCION Y MEJORA GENETICA DE OVINO-CAPRINO DE CASTILLA Y LEON (OVIGEN)
Spain
EU contribution
€ 105 000
Address
Granja Florencia Ctra Villalaza-peleagonzalo, S/n
49800 Toro, Zamora
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INRAE TRANSFERT SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 250 000
Address
Rue Du Docteur Finlay 28
75015 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DEBRECENI EGYETEM
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 80 000
Address
Egyetem Ter 1
4032 Debrecen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AGROTIKOS KTINOTROFIKOS SINETAIRISMOS DITIKIS ALLADOS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 95 000
Address
13Th Klm Nat Road Agrinio Ioannena
30100 Agrinio
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
RACES DE FRANCE
France
EU contribution
€ 292 500
Address
149 Rue De Bercy
75595 Paris
Activity type
Other
UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH
Canada
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Gordon Street
N1G 2W1 Guelph
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITATEA DE STIINTE AGRICOLE SI MEDICINA VETERINARA A BANATULUI REGELE MIHAI I AL ROMANIEI DIN TIMISOARA
Romania
EU contribution
€ 80 000
Address
Calea Aradului 119
300645 Timisoara
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FEDERAZIONE EUROPEA DI ZOOTECNICA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 214 800
Address
Via Giuseppe Tomassetti 3 A/1
00161 Roma
Activity type
Other
BRITISH TEXEL SHEEP SOCIETY LIMITED(THE)
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 90 000
Address
The Mechanics Workshop, New Lanark
CV8 2LG Lanark Lanarkshire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
YORKSHIRE DAIRY GOATS
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 70 000
Address
The Farm Offices St. Helens Farm Seaton Ross
YO424NP York
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NORSK SAU OG GEIT
Norway
EU contribution
€ 160 000
Address
Moerveien 2A
1431 As
Activity type
Other
INSTITUTE OF ZOOLOGY, CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
China
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Beichen West Road 1 5
100101 Beijing
Activity type
Research Organisations
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 212 750
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
ABACUSBIO INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 71 376,25
Address
10 John Street
WC1N 2EB London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)