New insights into the value of Dutch gene bank for cattle breeds

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The Dutch gene bank collection for cattle breeds was set up in 1993 and is managed by the Centre for Genetic Resources, the Netherlands (CGN) of Wageningen University & Research. The collection consists of genetic material (semen) of rare Dutch cattle breeds, as well as a representative sample of the breeding programs of Holstein Friesian (HF) and Meuse-Rhine-Yssel (MRY) of the last decennia. Researchers of Wageningen University & Research showed that the stored material of HF and MRY is valuable for conservation of genetic diversity and potentially for future genetic improvement if substantial changes in breeding goal occur.

Period2 Oct 2018

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