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New breeding tools for improving mastitis resistance in european dairy cattle

Objective

Selection based on phenotypes of disease and fitness traits is difficult, and thus breeding for improved disease resistance would benefit greatly from marker assisted selection (MAS). MASTITIS RESISTANCE aims at fine-mapping and characterising quantitative trait loci (QTL) affecting susceptibility and resistance to mastitis in European dairy cattle. Expected results are molecular genetic and statistical tools to improve cattle health either with MAS within breeds or with introgression of favourable QTL alleles to new breeds. The results will also provide a major step towards the understanding of the etiology of mastitis with respect to the infecting pathogen and pleiotropic effects of the QTL involved.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

MTT AGRIFOOD RESEARCH FINLAND
Address
O-house
31600 Jokioinen
Finland

Participants (5)

DANISH INSTITUTE OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES
Denmark
Address

8830 Tjele
ESTONIAN AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY
Estonia
Address
Kreutzwaldi 64
51014 Tartu
ID LELYSTAD - INSTITUTE FOR ANIMAL HEALTH AND SCIENCE
Netherlands
Address
Edelhertweg 15
8219 PH Lelystad
ROSLIN INSTITUTE (EDINBURGH)
United Kingdom
Address

EH25 9PS Roslin, Midlothian
THE SWEDISH UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES
Sweden
Address
10,Arrheniusplan 2C
750 07 Uppsala