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SMAll RuminanTs breeding for Efficiency and Resilience

SMAll RuminanTs breeding for Efficiency and Resilience

Objective

SMARTER will develop and deploy innovative strategies to improve Resilience and Efficiency (R&E) related traits in sheep and goats. SMARTER will find these strategies by: i) generating and validating novel R&E related traits at a phenotypic and genetic level ii) improving and developing new genome-based solutions and tools relevant for the data structure and size of small ruminant populations, iii) establishing new breeding and selection strategies for various breeds and environments that consider R&E traits .
SMARTER with help from stakeholders chose several key R&E traits including feed efficiency, health (resistance to disease, survival) and welfare. Experimental populations will be used to identify and dissect new predictors of these R&E traits and the trade-off between animal ability to overcome external challenges. SMARTER will estimate the underlying genetic and genomic variability governing these R&E related traits. This variability will be related to performance in different environments including genotype-by-environment interactions (conventional, agro-ecological and organic systems) in commercial populations. The outcome will be accurate genomic predictions for R&E traits in different environments across different breeds and populations. SMARTER will also create a new cooperative European and international initiative that will use genomic selection across countries. This initiative will make selection for R&E traits faster and more efficient. SMARTER will also characterize the phenotype and genome of traditional and underutilized breeds. Finally, SMARTER will propose new breeding strategies that utilise R&E traits and trade-offs and balance economic, social and environmental challenges.
The overall impact of the multi-actor SMARTER project will be ready-to-use effective and efficient tools to make small ruminant production resilient through improved profitability and efficiency.
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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

€ 1 821 923,25

Participants (24)

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ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 466 000

ASSOCIAZIONE REGIONALE ALLEVATORI DELLA LOMBARDIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 158 500

FORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUR BIOLOGISCHEN LANDBAU STIFTUNG

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 261 915,50

CAPGENES

France

EU Contribution

€ 185 625

INSTITUT DE L'ELEVAGE

France

EU Contribution

€ 480 000

SERVICE ICAR SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 175 850

Instituto Nacional de Investigacion Agropecuaria

Uruguay

EU Contribution

€ 160 000

SRUC

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 496 937,50

UNIVERSIDAD DE LEON

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 428 500

TEAGASC - AGRICULTURE AND FOOD DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 363 696,25

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 501 038,75

NEIKER-INSTITUTO VASCO DE INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO AGRARIO SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 61 625

ASOCIACION PARA LA SELECCION Y MEJORA GENETICA DE OVINO-CAPRINO DE CASTILLA Y LEON (OVIGEN)

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 105 000

INRA TRANSFERT S.A.

France

EU Contribution

€ 250 000

DEBRECENI EGYETEM

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 80 000

AGROTIKOS KTINOTROFIKOS SINETAIRISMOS DITIKIS ALLADOS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 95 000

RACES DE FRANCE

France

EU Contribution

€ 292 500

UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH NON-PROFIT CORPORATION

Canada

UNIVERSITATEA DE STIINTE AGRICOLE SI MEDICINA VETERINARA A BANATULUI REGELE MIHAI I AL ROMANIEI DIN TIMISOARA

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 80 000

FEDERAZIONE EUROPEA DI ZOOTECNICA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 214 800

BRITISH TEXEL SHEEP SOCIETY LIMITED(THE)

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 90 000

YORKSHIRE DAIRY GOATS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 70 000

NORSK SAU OG GEIT

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 160 000

INSTITUTE OF ZOOLOGY, CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

China

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 772787

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 November 2018

  • End date

    31 October 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 643 751,25

  • EU contribution

    € 6 998 911,25

Coordinated by:

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France