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Improving, transference and applicability of knowledge in conservation and characterization technologies in cattle breeds from Egypt and the Iberian Peninsula

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 247561

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    15 May 2011

  • End date

    14 May 2013

Funded under:

FP7-PEOPLE

  • Overall budget:

    € 172 800

  • EU contribution

    € 172 800

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSIDAD DE CORDOBA

Spain

Objective

European cattle domestication happens in the near east since the Neolithic period. From this region, Bos taurus domestic cattle extended the length and the breath of Europe and Africa always accompanying the human civilization in their expansions. Nowadays, cattle breeds are completely integrated in the national production systems of Egypt, Portugal and Spain. These breeds are the basis of high quality products strongly linked to the cultural heritage, and also to the endogenous rural development compatible with the economical growth in a globalized world. Cattle can be observed in the national agricultural policies as a strategic point; it has even been fully supported within the European context. This fact entails a genetic erosion of the specie, reducing the number of breeds and locating several more on the brink of extinction. This happens especially in Egypt and other countries of the region, where the governmental support of the local breeds is scarce, even if those are well adapted to hard environment, local diseases, autochthonous feeding resources, etc. FAO (2007) has been clear in the recommendations pointed out in the Interlaken Conference memorandum. Firstly we must stand out the relevance given to molecular tools in the characterization and management of Animal Genetic resources. Secondly, the demand of transference of knowledge among countries has been pointed out. It is very important to follow these recommendations by using routinely molecular tools, genetic relations among original breeds belonging to Egypt as proximal point to Bos taurus domestication, and the Iberian breeds located in the furthest geographical point in the evolution of the domestic cattle specie. We must create structures to work in cooperation projects among European countries and the near East, improving the cooperation among laboratories and the formation of human resources to take advantage of all the genomic information at structural, functional and epigenetic levels.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD DE CORDOBA

Address

Avenida De Medina Azahara 5
14005 Cordoba

Spain

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 131 400

Administrative Contact

Carmen Tarradas Iglesias (Ms.)

Participants (1)

INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE RECURSOS BIOLOGICOS I.P. INRB

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 41 400

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 247561

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    15 May 2011

  • End date

    14 May 2013

Funded under:

FP7-PEOPLE

  • Overall budget:

    € 172 800

  • EU contribution

    € 172 800

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSIDAD DE CORDOBA

Spain

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