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Genome and Rumen Characterization of Native Portuguese Domestic Sheep (GERUOVI)

Genome and Rumen Characterization of Native Portuguese Domestic Sheep (GERUOVI)

Sheep is one of the most important species in the Portuguese livestock sector. Its importance to the Portuguese agriculture is demonstrated by the large number of local sheep breeds (15 officially recognized), which were the major contributors of the 18 tons of lamb and 700000 hL of milk, produced in 2015.

The main aims of the present study are to estimate the proportion of variation that only exists in our ovine native breeds, identify the local resources and reveal microbiome composition. We will identify regions of the genome that for its singularity can be used for meat and milk traceability tests as well as to assist breeding. For achieve these goals we will apply RAD Seq and metagenomics. We also will perform association studies among phenotype, genotype, rumen composition, productivity and geographic environment to detect traits influencing animal efficiency. Our results will have global implications, extending from applied animal production to climatology or to conservation.

Team
Principal Investigator
Lucía Perez-Pardal

Lucía Perez-Pardal

Position: Post-Doc Researcher
Group:
AGRIGENOMICS
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Researchers
Albano Gonçalo Beja Pereira

Albano Gonçalo Beja Pereira

Position: Principal Researcher
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Júlio Gil Vale Carvalheira

Júlio Gil Vale Carvalheira

Position: Associate Professor
Group:
AGRIGENOMICS
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State
Ongoing
Proponent Institution
ICETA-UP (CIBIO-InBIO)
Funded by
FCT
Dates
2018 (Duration: 2 years)
Participant Institutions
CIBIO-InBIO
Reference
POCI-01-0145-FEDER-028575
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