Knowledge Based Bio-Economy


Strengthening the implementation of durable integration in FP6 Networks of Excellence

Project acronym: EADGENE_S

Project Title: Strengthening the implementation of durable integration in FP6 Networks of Excellence

Project Call Identifier: FP7-KBBE-2010-4

Funding scheme: CSA

EC contribution: €999 810

Project number: 265663

Duration: 24 months

Starting date: June 2011

Project Abstract:

Animal health genomics plays an important role in preventing and controlling animal diseases, and is an integral part of future animal and human health strategies. The field is an integrated approach that intelligently combines breeding and genomics technologies with animal health. In 2004-2010 and 2010-2013 respectively, the EADGENE and EADGENE_S networks worked to find new solutions for animal diseases through breeding and genomics. Such integrated approaches are vital, now and in the future, to secure animal and human health in Europe and the world.

By integrating the key European teams in genomics, bioinformatics, animal health and animal models, EADGENE gathered a critical mass of scientists and a unique access to complementary resources across host and pathogen models. It boosted the development of innovative functional genomics as a powerful tool in veterinary molecular medicine; which contributed to a better understanding of host-pathogen interactions, for the improvement of animal health and food safety.

Building on these achievements, EADGENE_S ensured the longer term integration of European resources in animal disease genomics, grouping together the leading institutions. It strengthened the creation of a sustainable core group of European research centres of excellence, highly committed to integrating their resources and national facilities.

Common research tools and platforms for joint research are being shared and upgraded; the partners are implementing common research methods, standards and protocols; and the project consolidated the skills and expertise throughout the partnership with a programme of workshops, training courses, short-term missions, internships and studentships.

EADGENE_S also promoted efficient technology transfer to industry to ensure timely commercialisation of new methods and technologies. Examples of this are DNA markers for a disease in farmed Atlantic salmon, which has led to new, resistant fish strains ; promising research on markers for Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome , the most costly disease for the pig industry; and strategies to combine vaccination with genetic selection to combat the parasitic disease coccidiosis in chickens – one of the top three health issues for poultry with huge economic consequences for breeders.

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Coordinator:  Marie-Hélène Pinard-van der Laan,

Organisation: Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (FR)


  • Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (FR)
  • Wageningen Universiteit (NL)
  • Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek (NL)
  • The Institute for Animal Health (UK)
  • The University of Edinburgh (UK)
  • Aarhus Universitet (DK)
  • Universite de Liege (BE)
  • Univerza v Ljubljani (SI)
  • Universidad de Cordoba (ES)
  • Norges Veterninaerhogskole (NO)
  • Leibniz-Institut für Nutztierbiologie (DE)
  • Parco Tecnologico Padano S.R.L. (It)
  • European Forum of Farm Animal Breeders (NL)