Innovative management of animal genetic resources (IMAGE): an EU project aimed at enhancing the value of gene banks. Are gene banks just a set of freezers or liquid nitrogen tanks, holding biological material for uncertain use? How representative of the genetic diversity of domestic species are collections in gene banks? How can they contribute to address the challenges facing the livestock sector? The IMAGE H2020 research project has been funded in 2016 to address these issues. The consortium of 28 partners undertakes a multi-disciplinary approach to evaluate resources from gene banks and facilitate their exploitation by combining genomics, bio-informatics, reproductive biotechnologies and social sciences. An inclusive approach is set up to analyse stakeholders’ expectations. Knowledge gaps and organisational constraints are analysed before presenting the project organisation and first actions regarding molecular characterisation, data integration, reproductive physiology and gene bank operations. Keywords: Tixier-Boichard, gene bank, Europe, genetic diversity, genomics, reproduction

Michele Tixier-Boichard

Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume Challenges - Species Conservation, , 674, 2018
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