Forage maize is a pillar component of ruminant diets. It is particularly important in dairy cattle where, due to its high energetic value, maize silage has a unique ability to provide sufficient energy to sustain milk production, and it increases the efficiency of milk production by improving milk yield and quality. This project will contribute to the development of understanding the interaction between the plant parameters and their 'interactions' with animals.
In order to maximize the chances of success in the breeding of maize for improved forage use efficiency, a better understanding of the plant parameters involved and of their interactions with the animal needs to be developed.
This general objective can be split into sub-objectives as follows:
1) identification of the key plant parameters involved in maize forage use efficiency, and the understanding of their relationships
2) unravelling of the genetic determinism of these key plant parameters, and of their potential genetic inter-relationships
3) assessment of the impact of altering these characteristics, through changes in allele composition at some of their major explanatory loci, on milk production, feeding behaviour, animal welfare and the environment.
FOOD, ANIMALS, CEREALS, NON-FOOD PRODUCTS
Scientist responsible for the project
||NOVARTIS SEEDS S.A.S.
||01 June 2001
||2 878 868 €
|Total EC contribution
||1 815 837 €