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Sustainable Solutions for Small Ruminants

Objective

The 3SR project (Sustainable Solutions for Small Ruminants) brings together a strong and unique international consortium of 14 partners that will mine genomic information of sheep and goats to deliver a step-change in our understanding of the genetic basis of traits underlying sustainable production and health. To do this we will build on existing research resources in the major sheep and goat producing member states to discover and verify (in commercial populations) selectable genetic markers (and causative mutations where possible) for traits critical to sustainable farming, particularly in marginal areas. The targeted sustainability traits are mastitis susceptibility, nematode resistance and ovulation rate. These are traits that would markedly benefit from genetic markers, and traits for which we have evidence that polymorphisms exist with large effects on trait variation. We will apply the latest high-throughput genomics technologies, comparative and functional genomics; together with targeted genome sequencing and extensive in silico analyses to dissect important genetic components controlling these traits. Concurrently, we will deliver significant improvements in available genomic information and technologies for these species, thus having a lasting impact on European research capacity. Our work on genome resources will be undertaken in close collaboration with the International Sheep Genome Consortium and will make use of complementary resources provided by major research projects in Europe, Australasia, USA, Argentina and China. 3SR will provide selectable genetic markers that can be affordably applied by sheep and goat breeders to make important contributions to improving animal health, welfare, sustainability and the long-term competitiveness of small ruminant production in the EU. In addition 3SR will generate a collaborative infrastructure that will enable these ‘orphan species’ to keep pace with the rapid developments in livestock genomics.
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Coordinator

BIOSCIENCE NETWORK LIMITED

Address

Easter Bush
Eh25 9rg Roslin

United Kingdom

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 199 992

Administrative Contact

Julia Giraud (Ms.)

Participants (13)

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INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France

EU Contribution

€ 1 088 141

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 587 999

PARCO TECNOLOGICO PADANO S.R.L.

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 300 000

ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 79 975

Utah State University

United States

EU Contribution

€ 30 000

AGRIS SARDEGNA - AGENZIA PER LA RICERCA IN AGRICOLTURA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 348 000

UNIVERSIDAD DE LEON

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 100 000

PANEPISTIMIO THESSALIAS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 70 000

TEAGASC - AGRICULTURE AND FOOD DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 60 868

SZKOLA GLOWNA GOSPODARSTWA WIEJSKIEGO

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 30 000

COMMONWEALTH SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH ORGANISATION

Australia

EU Contribution

€ 50 000

Huazhong Agricultural University

China

EU Contribution

€ 30 000

INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE TECNOLOGIA AGROPECUARIA

Argentina

EU Contribution

€ 22 750

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 245140

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 May 2010

  • End date

    31 October 2013

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 150 840

  • EU contribution

    € 2 997 725

Coordinated by:

BIOSCIENCE NETWORK LIMITED

United Kingdom