Advances in Farm Animal Genomic Resources ENAC

GENOMIC-RESOURCES was a 4 years ESF Research Networking Programme (from July 2010 to June 2014).


GENOMIC-RESOURCES was a 4 years ESF Research Networking Programme (from July 2010 to June 2014). The project contributed to the education of a new generation of scientists in cutting edge approaches to the characterization, evaluation, management and conservation of Farm Animal Genetic Resources (FAnGR). Visiting researchers worked and learned novel tools and methods offered by recent advances in molecular technologies, statistical and econometric approaches, GIScience and integrated data analysis. Eleven participants from ten different countries delivered a structured interdisciplinary research and training programme, covering different branches of genetics and breeding, animal physiology and husbandry, socio-economics and geographic analysis. Research will address three main themes: i) characterization; ii) economic evaluation; and iii) exploitation and conservation of FAnGR. Training was organised at European level through Summer schools and Workshops addressing specific interdisciplinary topics. Emphasis was placed on training research leaders to design and manage research programmes, by teaching complementary skills, from presentational skills to project management.

ESF GENOMIC-RESOURCES brochure (PDF, 2’810k)

Important information

Special issue – Frontiers’ Research topic
Travel grants 2013-2014
  • GENOMIC-RESOURCES funded 8 Exchange Visit grants related to the scientific objectives of the programme  in 2014. Grantees are listed here.
Sandpit meeting in Louvain
  • GENOMIC-RESOURCES funded a Sandpit meeting that took place from September 8 to 11, 2013, In Louvain, Belgium, to address the issue “Social science meets animal science: how to favour scientific integration and capacity building for sustainable conservation of FAnGR?

Science meetings in 2012
  • The summer school entitled “Livestock Conservation Genomics: Data, Tools and Trends” organized by Professors Ino Curik and Johann Soelkner took place at Hotel Luna, Pag Island, Croatia, from October 1st, 2012, to October 7, 2012.

    The age of high throughput genotyping and whole genome sequencing provides new views on old problems and allows addressing problems that were considered infeasible so far. The summer school (6 days of intensive scientific program + 1 day excursion) aims to provide researchers with a toolbox (methods and software) to address research questions related to effective population size, population structure, inbreeding and crossbreeding and other population genetic concepts. It will consist of lectures, practical computer exercises and paper discussions. Summer school is targeted to PhD students as well as scientists of all age groups willing to start working on genomic data analysis in livestock.

    More details here.

  • The workshop organized by the Nordic Genetic Resource Center (NordGEN) and entitled “Genotype-by-Environment Interactions and Adaptation of Farm Animals on Phenotypic and Molecular Level” took place in Tuusula, Finland, from November 7 to November 8, 2012.

    The workshop aimed to deepen the understanding of genotype-environment interactions and adaptation potential of farm animal genetic resources (AnGR) in the face of climate change, and to stimulate networking between stakeholders for future research strategy building. The workshop was organized in three sessions each having three or four invited speakers: 1) Genotype-by-Environment Interactions
    2) Farm Animal Adaptation on Phenotypic and Genetic Level, 3) Genotype-by-Environment Interactions in Practical Breeding and Conservation Programs. In addition, a poster session will be arranged during the workshop. The workshop provided a multidisciplinary view merging state of the art knowledge on quantitative, population and molecular genetics within both breeding and natural populations to increase understanding of the climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation with respect to the sustainable use of farm AnGR.

    More details here.

Genomic-Resources events

February 2013

  • GENOMIC-RESOURCES Steering Committee took place in Louvain-la-neuve, Belgium, on February 13, 2013.

October 2012

  • Extended GENOMIC-RESOURCES Steering Committee took place in Munich, Germany, on October 11, 2012.