European Regional Focal Point for Animal Genetic Resources

Regional platform for the support of management, conservation and sustainable use of animal genetic resources

Project reports

Outcomes of the H2020 IMAGE project

The aim of IMAGE was to enhance the use of genetic collections and to upgrade animal gene bank management. IMAGE will further develop genomic methodologies, biotechnologies, and bioinformatics for a better knowledge and exploitation of animal genetic resources.

The project ended in February 2020 and ERFP participates to broadcast its numerous outcomes through its website.

List of proceedings

List of book chapters

List of articles in peer review journals

Outcomes of the Dialogue Forum

Youtube Channel of the IMAGE project

Guidelines for the management of gene banks

HERITAGESHEEP website

Heritage Sheep Breeds are defined as regional breeds, playing an important role in local culture and the rural economy, adapted to their environments and helping to sustain the countryside.
A EU project called HERITAGESHEEP was devoted to help the conservation the genetic resources of these breeds during the years 2008/2010.
Inputs from this project are available on this website: https://www.heritagesheep.net/


 Karagouniko sheep 4

Best practices for in situ conservation and valorisation of AnGR

Census of previous and on-going projects: a result of the in situ Working Group (task 1) – Feel free to contact the ERFP secretariat to improve our list !

EU projects:

FAO:

“Animal Genetic Resources” journal

  • FAO success stories-  7 European cases to be uploaded

Baudet du Poitou donkey (France) / Bela Krajina Pramenka Sheep (Slovenie) / Caldela cattle (Spain) / Cika cattle (Slovenie) / Gray Cattle (Turkey) / Krškopolje (black-belted) pig (Slovenie) / Nordland Lyngen horse (Norvege)

Exchange of recommendations of national advisory bodies on AnGR

Part of the work of the Working Group “In situ conservation and valorisation of AnGR” was to compile relevant documents from national advisory bodies about in situ conservation. A first set of documents can be found below, further documents will be added as new inputs will be sent from the National Coordinators.

  1. Development plan of the National Program for the conservation, improvement and promotion of livestock breeds (https://www.mapa.gob.es/es/ganaderia/temas/zootecnia/Plan%20Nacional%20Ingles%20Red_tcm30-119131.pdf, source: Zootechnical team of the General Subdirection of Means of Production  of the Ministry of Agriculture, fisheries and food of Spain)
  2. Criteria for considering a breed at risk of endangerment in the official catalogue of livestock (source: Zootechnical team of the General Subdirection of Means of Production  of the Ministry of Agriculture, fisheries and food of Spain) Criteria PDF document
  3. Agrobiodiversity in Southeast Europe – Assessment and Policy Recommendations (source: Rivera F., Gaugitsch,H., Bartel A., Schindler S.) Agrobiodiversity South East PDF document
  4. Animal genetic resources and animal diseases – need for action for prevention and in the case of an acute disease outbreak (source: German Advisory Board on Animal Genetic Resources) Animal diseases PDF document
  5. Status, Problems and the Actions Needed on Conservation-Breeding Programmes for Indigenous Farm Animal Breeds Threatened by Extinction (source: German Advisory Board on Animal Genetic Resources) Actions Needed Conservation PDF document
  6. Activating Consumers for the Conservation of Biodiversity in Agriculture! (source: Scientific Advisory Board on Biodiversity and Genetic Resources at the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture of Germany) Activating Consumers PDF document

Characterization of the indigenous and improved Podolic cattle breeds and identification of threats for extinction in global challenge

project coordinator: Tamás Szobolevszki, NC Hungary
project duration: 2009-2011

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Development of models assessing the breeds risk status by utilization of population and relevant georeferenced data

project coordinator: Christina Ligda, Greece
project duration: 2010-2014

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Seminar on conservation and use of farm animal genetic resources: challenges in practice

project coordinator: Sipke-Joost Hiemstra, NC Netherlands
project duration: May 2010 – October 2010

Evaluation of Current Status of Busha Cattle and develop a regional breeding program for their conservation and sustainable economic use

project coordinator: Kristaq Kume
project duration: 2010-2013

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Characterisation of the indigenous and improved Podolic cattle breeds and identification of threats for extinction in global challenges

project coordinator: Tamás Szobolevszki, NC Hungary
project duration: since 2009

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Development of a regional network in function of sustainable breeding programs for transboundary breeds

project coordinator: Ante Ivankovic, NC Croatia
project duration: since 2009

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Proper way of supports for endangered livestock breeds (SUBSIBREED)

project coordinator: Drago Kompan, NC Slovenia
project duration: since 2009

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Study of origin and conservation strategy of the Pramenka sheep breeds as regional transboundary breeds

project coordinator: Ante Ivankovic, NC Croatia
project duration: since 2007

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