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

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.

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Coordinator

CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF SACRED HEART

Address

Via Emilia Parmense 84
29100 Piacenza

Italy

Administrative Contact

Sergio ZANINELLI (Professor)

Participants (12)

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ARISTOTLE UNIVERSITY OF THESSALONIKI

Greece

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE

France

Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel

Germany

JUSTUS-LIEBIG-UNIVERSITY OF GIESSEN

Germany

SWISS FEDERAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY LAUSANNE

Switzerland

UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE DE MADRID

Spain

UNIVERSITE JOSEPH FOURIER - GRENOBLE 1

France

UNIVERSITY OF BERNE

Switzerland

UNIVERSITY OF WALES CARDIFF

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DELLA TUSCIA

Italy

UTRECHT UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

University of East Anglia

United Kingdom

Project information

Grant agreement ID: QLK5-CT-2001-02461

  • Start date

    1 September 2001

  • End date

    28 February 2005

Funded under:

FP5-LIFE QUALITY

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 325 224

  • EU contribution

    € 2 605 726

Coordinated by:

CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF SACRED HEART

Italy