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VEKOP-2.3.2-16-2016-00012 - Foundation and development of gene banking strategy for the Carpathian Basin’s indigenous farm animal species, breeds and ecotypes in the 21st century

Timing: July 2017 – July 2021

Members of the Consortium

Consortium leader: Eszter Patakiné Dr. Várkonyi, National Centre for Biodivertsity and Gene Conservation (Centre for Farm Animal Gene Conservation)

  • Consortium partners

    • Szent István University: Dr. Balázs Kovács

    • NARIC- Agricultural Biotechnology Institute: Dr. Elen Gócza

    • University of Veterinary Medicine Budapest: Dr. András Gáspárdy

Awarded support: 659.100.000 HUF

Objectives - Brief description of the project

During the past hundred years of its history the Centre for Farm Animal Gene Conservation has always played a significant role in the gene conservation, research, breeding, education, consultation and extension activities connected to Hungarian small animal breeding. Fourteen Hungarian indigenous poultry breeds are maintained in the in vivo poultry gene bank of the Institute which makes it unique in Hungary.

Based on the in vivo gene conservation activity, the members of the consortium have developed a research and development program that complies the challenges of the 21th century and ensures the long-term and safe preservation of old Hungarian farm animal breeds, from honey bees to cattle (in vivo and in vitro). The aim is to preserve the genes of our old Hungarian farm animal breeds in vitro, the long-term storage and utilization of reproductive materials, cells and special tissues, as well as the maintenance of populations of native species within the framework of a gene bank network.