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Innovative Management of Genetic Resources

Innovative Management of Genetic Resources

Objective

This aim of IMAGE is to enhance the use of genetic collections and to upgrade animal gene bank management. IMAGE will better exploit DNA information and develop methodologies, biotechnologies, and bioinformatics for rationalising animal genetic resources. It will demonstrate the benefits brought by gene banks to the development of sustainable livestock systems by: enhancing the usefulness of genetic collections to allow the livestock sector to respond to environment and market changes; using latest DNA technology and reproductive physiology for collecting, storing and distributing biological resources; Minimising genetic accidents such as abnormalities or genetic variability tipping points; Developing synergies between ex-situ and in-situ conservation to maximise resources for the future.
To this end, the project will involve stakeholders, SME, and academic partners to achieve the following objectives. At the scientific level, the project will: Assess the diversity available in genetic collections; Search for adaptive traits through landscape genetics in local populations; Contribute to elucidate local populations’ and major genes’ history; Identify detrimental variants that can contribute to inbreeding depression; Predict cryobank samples’ reproductive performance; Facilitate the use of collections for genome-assisted breeding. At the technological level, it will develop: Procedures for harmonising gene bank operations and rationalising collections; Conservation and reproductive biotechnologies; A central information system to connect available data on germplasm and genomic collections. At the applied level, it will develop methods and tools for stakeholders to: Restore genetic diversity in livestock populations; Create or reconstruct breeds fitting new environmental constraints and consumer demands; Facilitate cryobanking for local breeds; Define and track breed-based product brands; Implement access and benefit sharing regulations.
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Coordinator

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

Address

Rue De L'Universite 147
75338 Paris Cedex 07

France

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 396 875

Participants (27)

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THE AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH CENTER

Egypt

EU Contribution

€ 51 250

LA CORPORACION COLOMBIANA DE INVESTIGACION AGROPECUARIA - AGROSAVIA

Colombia

EU Contribution

€ 93 250

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE

Switzerland

EUROPEAN FORUM OF FARM ANIMAL BREEDERS

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 68 500

EUROPEAN MOLECULAR BIOLOGY LABORATORY

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 260 000

FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS FAO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 158 000

FRIEDRICH LOEFFLER INSTITUT - BUNDESFORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUER TIERGESUNDHEIT

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 276 000

GEORG-AUGUST-UNIVERSITAT GOTTINGENSTIFTUNG OFFENTLICHEN RECHTS

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 420 000

HASZONALLAT-GENMEGORZESI KOZPONT

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 249 660

INRA TRANSFERT S.A.

France

EU Contribution

€ 280 000

INSTITUT DE L'ELEVAGE

France

EU Contribution

€ 156 000

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

Morocco

EU Contribution

€ 74 250

INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE INVESTIGACION Y TECNOLOGIA AGRARIA Y ALIMENTARIA OA MP

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 230 000

INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE TECNOLOGIA AGROPECUARIA

Argentina

EU Contribution

€ 55 250

LOHMANN TIERZUCHT GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 90 250

NORDISKT GENRESURSCENTER

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 132 196

PARCO TECNOLOGICO PADANO S.R.L.

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 490 000

VEREIN SAVE FOUNDATION SCHWEIZ

Switzerland

SRUC

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 94 295

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 757 574

SZKOLA GLOWNA GOSPODARSTWA WIEJSKIEGO

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 39 500

UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE DE MADRID

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 90 200

FACULDADE DE MEDICINA VETERINARIA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 90 000

UNIVERSITA CATTOLICA DEL SACRO CUORE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 361 250

UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 282 700

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 232 000

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 571 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 677353

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 March 2016

  • End date

    29 February 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 9 013 157,50

  • EU contribution

    € 7 000 000

Coordinated by:

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France