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RESEARCH ON THE PRODUCTION OF HIGH QUALITY CASHMERE FROM GOATS AND ITS POTENTIAL FOR AGRICULTURAL DIVERSIFICATION

Objective



The project seeks to undertake research crucial to the development of systems of production of high quality cashmere in EC countries and to assess its potential as a viable alternative agricultural enterprise (diversification) having regards to its effects on the environment and on rural economies.

Research will be conducted to improve the quality and yield of cashmere goats by genetic selection, as well as on the physiology of fibre growth. Participants intend to develop new methods of measuring fibre characteristics. Research on reproductive physiology and biotechnology will also be undertaken. The effects of change of the environment and of nutrition on fibre characteristics will be estimated. The economic and social viability of cashmere goat farming will be assessed.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

Macaulay Land Use Research Institute
Address
Hartwood Research Station
ML7 4JY Shotts
United Kingdom

Participants (4)

Deutsches Wollforschungsinstitut an der Technischen Hochschule Aachen eV
Germany
Address
Veltmanplatz 8
52062 Aachen
ENTE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E L'AMBIENTE - ENEA
Italy
Address
Viale Regina Margherita 125
100 Roma
Istituto Sperimentale per la Zootecnia
Italy
Address
Via Pavinio 11
00162 Roma
UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
Address
Old College, South Bridge
EH8 9YL Edinburgh