Biodiversity within and between European Red dairy breeds – conservation through utilization

D. Hinrichs, M.P.L. Calus, Dirk Jan De Koning, J. Bennewitz, T. Meuwissen, G. Thaller, J. Szyda, J. Tetens, V. Juskiene, B. Guldbrandtsen

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingAbstractAcademic


Red dairy breeds across Europe represent a unique source of genetic diversity and are partly organized in transnational breeding programs but are also well adapted to local conditions. ReDiverse’s objective is to develop and to set in place collaborative and integrated novel breeding and management concepts to achieve a resilient and competitive use of these resources and to strengthen best practices for small farm holders to improve product quality and to supply ecosystem services according to their specific circumstances. The challenge of establishing appropriate breeding and maintenance strategies for diverse farm systems and regional markets is met by multi-actor operations considering economic, structural and social diversity in participating countries to offer tailored solutions. The holistic approach relies on integrative research of scientists in the fields of animal genetics, proteomics, economy and social sciences. Cutting edge technology such as large scale genomic and proteomic tools will be implemented to enhance genetic progress and to characterize specific properties. Innovative survey approaches will assess the impact of the sector on social acceptance and the needs of farmers. The project will generate novel knowledge and concepts that will be timely disseminated to lead-users in the breeding and dairy industries, food sector, farmers’ cooperatives and among farmers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBook of Abstracts of the 68th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science
Place of PublicationWageningen
PublisherWageningen Academic Publishers
ISBN (Electronic)9789086868599
ISBN (Print)9789086863129
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventEAAP 68th Annual Meeting of the Animal Science (EAAP) - Tallinn, Estonia
Duration: 28 Aug 20171 Sep 2017

Publication series

NameBook of abstracts
ISSN (Print)1382-6077


OtherEAAP 68th Annual Meeting of the Animal Science (EAAP)

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