Welcome to the Cattle Genomics in Africa web forum

  • Dear colleagues,

    Today we are launching our discussion. During the coming two weeks we will focus on:

    • Current and future applications of genomics to cattle in Africa – in particular, which applications are likely to make a difference to poor livestock keepers and animal source food consumers, and what capacities and resources are required to achieve this.
    • The potential to create a genomic reference resource on African cattle – a publically-available set of sequence information on cattle breeds in Africa,  and critically which breeds to prioritize for this.

     

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    We look forward to your participation.

    Karen Marshall

    The International Livestock Research Institute & the Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health.

     

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6 Comments

 

  1. Mohamed Ould Ahmed Ould M'Beirick August 18, 2016 Reply

    Good morning dear colleagues,
    The genomic selection (GS) allows to KNOW very early the genetic potential of the breeders. In certain countries developed, the experience showed that the GS is made possible thanks to fast technological innovations. For a better resource management animal genetics, all AFRICA must be affected by the applications of the GS. Through the bovine Genomic initiative of AFRICA, I invite all the persons in charge, especially the researchers, the animal sector in AFRICA to consider this new trend during the establishment of the future development programs of the animal sectors. So that AFRICA does not miss the train of the GS, it is necessary that it invests in the research and the formation in genetics and in genomics, and also in the construction and the equipment of the laboratories of genetics.
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    Mohamed Ould Ahmed Ould M’Beirick
    Docteur-Ingénieur en production et génétique animales
    Département de Production et Santé Animales
    Institut Supérieur d'Enseignement Technologique de Rosso-Mauritanie
    Unité de Recherche Ressources Génétiques et Environnement (RGE)
    E-Mail: ouldahmedmohamed@yahoo.fr
    Tél: 00 222 46 05 85 48 ou 00 222 22 97 60 21
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  2. Profile gravatar of W. Akin. Hassan
    W. Akin. Hassan August 18, 2016 Reply

    Good morning dear colleagues,
    Let me start by appreciating those who put this platform in place; you have done a good job. I wish to urge us to take some effort to place genomics properly in the perspectives and peculiarities of cattle husbandry systems in Africa. The bulk of the cattle in the region are kept under various pastoral systems that need modifications for molecular genetical technologies to be optimally exploited.

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  3. Mohamed Ould Ahmed Ould M'Beirick August 18, 2016 Reply

    Unanimously, Africa is rich in its animal genetic diversity, unfortunately this wealth remains badly exploited even unknown. The valorization of animal genetic resources passes necessarily by the use and the application of technology and the progress realized in the domains of the molecular genetics and the genetic evaluation. The scientific and technical initiatives large-scale as the project of the bovine Genomics of Africa can establish a spectacular support and a prospect for the bovine genetics in Africa. The genomic selection is based on an estimation of genetic value of the candidates for the selection from the information of markers covering all the genome. This tool requires the existence of a reference population among which phenotypes and genotypes are known and candidates to the selection. Mauritania as rest of the African countries is rich by its animal heritage, it lives several important domestic animal species on the economic, social and cultural plans. Concerning the cattle Mauritania possess essentially two local populations of zebu to know Maure Zebu known by its dairy potentialities which exceed in certain cases 10 liters a day and Fulani Zebu known by its capacities butchers. The implication of these two populations within the framework of this project of genomics of Africa will allow Mauritania to know better this autochthonous genetic material to raise(to draw up) a strategy of development and a scenario of improvement for its bovine resources. I am interested in this project.
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    Mohamed Ould Ahmed Ould M’Beirick
    Docteur-Ingénieur en production et génétique animales Département de Production et Santé Animales Institut Supérieur d'Enseignement Technologique de Rosso-Mauritanie Unité de Recherche Ressources Génétiques et Environnement (RGE)
    E-Mail: ouldahmedmohamed@yahoo.fr
    Tél: 00 222 46 05 85 48 ou 00 222 22 97 60 21
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    • Mohamed Ould Ahmed Ould M'Beirick August 18, 2016 Reply

      Good morning dear colleagues,
      The genomic selection (GS) allows to KNOW very early the genetic potential of the breeders. In certain countries developed, the experience showed that the GS is made possible thanks to fast technological innovations. For a better resource management animal genetics, all AFRICA must be affected by the applications of the GS. Through the bovine Genomic initiative of AFRICA, I invite all the persons in charge, especially the researchers, the animal sector in AFRICA to consider this new trend during the establishment of the future development programs of the animal sectors. So that AFRICA does not miss the train of the GS, it is necessary that it invests in the research and the formation in genetics and in genomics, and also in the construction and the equipment of the laboratories of genetics.
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      Mohamed Ould Ahmed Ould M’Beirick
      Docteur-Ingénieur en production et génétique animales
      Département de Production et Santé Animales
      Institut Supérieur d'Enseignement Technologique de Rosso-Mauritanie
      Unité de Recherche Ressources Génétiques et Environnement (RGE)
      E-Mail: ouldahmedmohamed@yahoo.fr
      Tél: 00 222 46 05 85 48 ou 00 222 22 97 60 21
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  4. Aliyu umar August 16, 2016 Reply

    In line with the comment of Yakubu mojid, yes their quite some research work done on cattle genomics in Africa but when you take them into consideration they were all trying to characterise them into groups with little or no any work with objective or aim for improvement using molecular techniques.much of the research works done were more on poultry and aquaculture.

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  5. Profile gravatar of Peter Freeman
    Peter Freeman August 16, 2016 Reply

    Looking forward to participating in the web forum. Great initiative!

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