European Gene Bank Network for Animal Genetic Resources (EUGENA)

Friday, August 22, 2014
Posters (The Westin Bayshore)
Sipke Joost Hiemstra , Centre for Genetic Resources the Netherlands, Wageningen UR, Wageningen, Netherlands
Elzbieta Martyniuk , Warsaw University of Life Sciences/National Research Institute of Animal Production, Warsaw, Poland
Zhivko Duchev , Executive Agency for Selection and Reproduction in Animal Breeding, Sofia, Bulgaria
Frank Begemann et al. , European Regional Focal Point (Secretariat), BLE, Bonn, Germany, Bonn, Germany
Abstract Text:

European countries have established national gene banks for farm animal genetic resources. This paper describes developments in Europe regarding collaboration in the area of ex situ in vitroconservation programs for AnGR. National gene banks collaborate in EUGENA, the European Gene Bank Network for Animal Genetic Resources. The objective of this platform is a rational, efficient, regional, integrated conservation approach in Europe. 25 countries in Europe contributed to a survey to generate an overview of key characteristics of national gene banks, including legal and institutional aspects, history of collections, collection objectives, and documentation.  The results of the survey showed similarities and differences between countries. This baseline information will be used for further development of the network of gene banks and for identification of issues for harmonization and collaboration at European level.


Animal genetic resources


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