A successful three-day workshop organized jointly by FAO, the European Regional Focal Point for Animal Genetic Resources (ERFP) and the Research Centre for Farm Animal Gene Conservation (HáGK) took place from 12 April to 14 April 2016 in Gödöllő, Hungary. More than 40 experts from all over the world gathered to discuss several topics related to both in situ and ex situ gene conservations.
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Characterization of the poultry flocks with molecular genetic markers for population identification and traceability
Domestic animal breeds as genetic resources are part of the Earth’s biological diversity, which means they play an important role in preserving the biological balance in human food resources. Therefore, preserving them is a global issue for the whole mankind. In animal husbandry (and plant breeding) the number of breeds is continually decreasing, and hence, it is assumed that the variability is declining. Nowadays, few specialized poultry populations provide the basis of commercial breeding programs. This limits the possibilities of breed elevation.
According to its tradition the primary task of the Research Centre for Farm Animal Gene Conservation in Gödöllő is the in vivo maintenance of Hungarian indigenous poultry breeds in nucleus populations. Since 2010 this activity has been completed with the in vivo conservation of indigenous mammalian species as well.
The Research Center for Farm Animal Gene Conservaion has won the accreditation from the National Innovation Office
On July 28, 2014 the National Innovation Office granted the Research Centre for Farm Animal Gene Conservation with the accreditation to host researchers from third countries, for a period of five years. This will speed up the cooperation with non-EU researchers considerably, and make mutual research projects more successful.