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Sustainable conservation of animal genetic resources in marginal rural areas: integrating molecular genetics, socio-economics and geostatistical approaches

Objective

This proposal uniquely combines a molecular analysis of biodiversity, socio-economics and geostatistics to address the conservation of sheep and goat genetic resources and rural development in marginal agro systems in Europe. To assist in site conservation and address the relevant socio-economic factors, we will develop a co-ordinated approach to define strategies of genetic management and rural development. We will greatly extend knowledge of sheep and goat genetic diversity at the molecular level, examine many unstudied, local breeds, and identify gene pools to map conservation priorities. We will produce a map of development perspectives to identify areas where sustainable conservation aft valuable populations could succeed. We will overlay the maps of conservation and development priority and estimate the value of this biodiversity to justify economic intervention, and suggest appropriate guidelines and actions.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF SACRED HEART
Address
Via Emilia Parmense 84
29100 Piacenza
Italy

Participants (12)

ARISTOTLE UNIVERSITY OF THESSALONIKI
Greece
Address
University Campus, Egnatia Street, Administration
54006 Thessaloniki
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel
Germany
Address
Olshausenstraße 40-60
24118 Kiel
JUSTUS-LIEBIG-UNIVERSITY OF GIESSEN
Germany
Address
Ludwigstrasse 23
35390 Giessen
SWISS FEDERAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY LAUSANNE
Switzerland
Address
Gr Ecublens
1015 Lausanne
UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE DE MADRID
Spain
Address
Avd. Puerta De Hierro
28040 Madrid
UNIVERSITE JOSEPH FOURIER - GRENOBLE 1
France
Address
Avenue Centrale 621
38041 Grenoble
UNIVERSITY OF BERNE
Switzerland
Address
5,Hochschulstrasse 4
3012 Bern
UNIVERSITY OF WALES CARDIFF
United Kingdom
Address
Park Place, Main College Building
CF10 3TL Cardiff
UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DELLA TUSCIA
Italy
Address
Via S. Camillo De Lellis
01100 Viterbo
UTRECHT UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
Address
Yalelaan 1
3584 CL Utrecht
University of East Anglia
United Kingdom
Address
University Plain
NR4 7TJ Norwich