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Sustainable conservation of animal genetic resources in marginal rural areas: integrating molecular genetics, socio-economics and geostatistical approaches *

Contract nr: QLRT-CT-2000-02461
Project type: RS (Research and Technological Development Project)
Starting date:
Duration: 36 months
Total cost: 3,392,891 EUR
EC Contribution: 2,885,641 EUR
Scientific Officer:
Research topic: 5.5. Sustainable development of rural and other relevant areas

Abstract:
This proposal uniquely combines a molecular analysis of biodiversity, socio-economics and geostatistics to address the conservation of sheep and goat genetic resources and rural development in marginal agrosystems in Europe. To assist in situ conservation and address the relevant socio-economic factors, we will develop a co-ordinated approach to define strategies of genetic management and rural development. We will greatly extend knowledge of sheep and goat genetic diversity at the molecular level, examine many unstudied, local breeds, and identify gene pools to map conservation priorities. We will produce a map of development perspectives to identify areas where sustainable conservation of valuable populations could succeed. We will overlay the maps of conservation and development priority and estimate the value of this biodiversity to justify economic intervention, and suggest appropriate guidelines and actions.

Objectives:

1) To extend previous knowledge of sheep and goat biodiversity using new molecular technologies and examining many unstudied, marginal breeds (50 sheep and 40 goats);
2) To investigate geographic patterns of genetic variation with and without using the classification of breeds or populations;
3) To identify populations deserving high conservation priority and to map conservation priorities;
4) To investigate the socio-economic conditions where these breeds are raised, to construct a map of development perspectives;
5) To identify areas where the sustainable conservation of the most valuable populations has a high chance of success, overlaying the maps of conservation priority and development perspectives;
6) To obtain an estimate of the economic value of biodiversity for these species in order to justify specific management or conservation actions from an economic point of view;
7) To suggest guidelines and actions for an economically viable conservation of local breeds.

 


Coordinator
Paolo AJMONE-MARSAN
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Istituto di zootecnica, Facoltà di agraria
Piacenza
ITALY
Tel.: +39 0523299204
Fax: +39 0523599276
E-mail: ajmone@pc.unicatt.it


Partners
  Susana DUNNER
Facultad de veterinaria, Dpto. Producción animal
Madrid
SPAIN
Tel.: +34 913943765
Fax: +34 913943772
E-mail: dunner@eucmax.sim.ucm.es
  Gabriele CANALI
Istituto di economia agro-alimentare
Piacenza
ITALY
Tel.: +39 0523599227
Fax: +39 0523599282
E-mail: gcanali@pc.unicatt.it
  Christina BESTA
Laboratory of farm animal genetics and breeding
Thessaloniki
GREECE
Tel.: +30 31996745
Fax: +30 31200392
E-mail: research@rc.auth.gr
  Regis CALOZ
Departement of agricultural engineering, Institute of geomatics
Lausanne
SWITZERLAND
Tel.: +41 216935782
Fax: +41 216935790
E-mail: regis.caloz@epfl.ch
  Alessio VALENTINI
Universita della Tuscia
Viterbo
ITALY
Tel.: +39 0761347442
Fax: +39 0761357434
E-mail: alessio@unitus.it
  Claude FEUERSTEIN
Université Joseph Fourier, Laboratoire de biologie des populations d'altitude
Grenoble
FRANCE
Tel.: +33 4 76514702
Fax: +33 4 76514400
E-mail: presid@ujf-grenoble.fr
  Gabriela OBEXER-RUFF
University of Berne, Institute for Animal Breeding
Berne
SWITZERLAND
Tel.: +41 316312322
Fax: +41 316312640
  Hendrikus TIMMERMANS
Utrecht University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Utrecht
THE NETHERLANDS
Tel.: +31 302534376
Fax: +31 302536723
E-mail: H.Timmermans@vet.uu.nl
  Stefan HORMUTH
Justus-Liebig-Universitaet Giessen
Giessen
GERMANY
Tel.: +49 6419937620
Fax: +49 6419937629
E-mail: Georg.Erhardt@agrar.uni-giessen.de
  Jones GERAINT
University of Wales, School of biosciences
Cardiff
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 2920874182
Fax: +44 2920874189
E-mail: JonesGW@cardiff.ac.uk
  Claire DEMAIN
Département de biologie appliquée et des productions agricoles, Unité d'économie rurale
Louvain la Neuve
BELGIUM
Tel.: +32 10473830
Fax: +32 10474830
E-mail: Demain@adre.ucl.ac.be
  Tracy MOULTON
University of East Anglia, School of biological sciences
Norwich
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1603593270
Fax: +44 1603593718
E-mail: t.moulton@uea.ac.uk