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Genotype and Environment contributing to the sustainability of dairy cow production systems through the optimal integration of genomic selection and novel management protocols based on the development

Objective

The requirement for sustainable food production is a global issue to which the EU contributes as a major livestock producer. It is critical to improve animal production efficiency while sustaining environmentally friendly milk production. More profitable dairy production requires increased milk yield, cow health, longevity and fertility; reduced environmental footprint and optimised use of inputs. These are multifactorial problems to achieve.
GplusE aims to identify the genotypes controlling biological variation in the important phenotypes of dairy cows, to appreciate how these are influenced by environmental and management factors and thus allow more informed and accurate use of genomic selection. GplusE will link new genomic data in dairy cows to a comprehensive array of phenotypic information going well beyond those existing traits recorded by dairy breeding organisations. It will develop systems that will focus herd and cow management on key time points in production that have a major influence on the rest of the productive cycle including efficiency, environment, physiological status, health, fertility and welfare. This will significantly advance the science, efficiency and management practices in dairy production well beyond the current state-of-the art. The major bioinformatics element of the proposal will illuminate the bovine genome and ensure a reverse flow of information to annotate human and other mammalian genomes; it will ensure training of animal scientists (PhDs & Postdocs) to a high skill level in the use of bioinformatics.
The end result of this project will be a comprehensive, integrated identification of genomic-phenotypic associations relevant to dairy production. This information will be translated into benefits for animal breeding and management that will considerably improve sustainable dairy production. It will provide basic biological information into the mechanisms by which genotype, environment and their interaction influence performance.

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2013-7-single-stage
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Funding Scheme

CP-TP - Collaborative Project targeted to a special group (such as SMEs)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN
Address
Belfield
4 Dublin
Ireland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 450 615,05
Administrative Contact
Donal Doolan (Mr.)

Participants (15)

THE ROYAL VETERINARY COLLEGE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 712 468,40
Address
Royal College Street
NW1 OTU London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Carol Lawson (Mrs.)
AGRIFOOD AND BIOSCIENCES INSTITUTE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 307 471,70
Address
Newforge Lane 18A
BT9 5PX Belfast
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Venkat Deshpande (Mr.)
UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 835 712,50
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nathalie Vandepitte (Ms.)
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 1 235 817,35
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Pia Merethe Nissen Bak (Ms.)
CONSIGLIO PER LA RICERCA IN AGRICOLTURA E L'ANALISI DELL'ECONOMIA AGRARIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 281 629,40
Address
Via Po 14
00198 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Cinzia Marchitelli (Dr.)
IRISH CATTLE BREEDING FEDERATION SOCIETY LTD
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 660 631,90
Address
Highfield House Shinagh
Bandon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marie Kelleher (Ms.)
Huazhong Agricultural University
China
EU contribution
€ 97 526,90
Address
Shi-zi-shan Street, Nanhu District 1
430070 Wuhan
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Shujun Zhang (Prof.)
SERVICE EAAP SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 335 614,80
Address
Via Giuseppe Tomassetti 3
00161 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andrea Rosati (Dr.)
UNIFARM BVBA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 360 800
Address
Graanstraat 8
8020 Ruddervoorde
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Arnold Evertsen (Mr.)
VIDENCENTRET FOR LANDBRUG
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 104 880
Address
Agro Food Park 15
8200 Aarhus
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Peter Bay (Mr.)
The Curators of the University of Missouri
United States
EU contribution
€ 571 737
Address
University Hall 118
65211 Columbia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Karen Geren (Mrs.)
UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 1 337 418
Address
Place Du 20 Aout 7
4000 Liege
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Isabelle Halleux (Dr.)
CENTRE WALLON DE RECHERCHES AGRONOMIQUES
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 355 830
Address
Rue De Liroux 9
5030 Gembloux
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Frédéric Dehareng (Mr.)
LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUR NUTZTIERBIOLOGIE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 349 082
Address
Wilhelm-stahl-allee 2
18196 Dummerstorf
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Dieter Wirges (Mr.)
SEGES PS
Denmark
Address
Agro Food Park 15
8200 Aarhus
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Thomas Dunker Nielsen (Mr.)