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Center for Quantitative Genetics and Genomics (QGG) is an international research center with more than 70 employees and visitors from more than 20 nations world wide.

AT QGG we do basic and applied research within quantitative genetics and genomics. We particularly work with the development of statistical models to be used in animal and plant breeding, studies of the genetic basis for different traits and diseases, and management of genetic resources. Our main focus is animals and plants, but we are increasingly working with human genetics and model organisms. Our research is characterised by a very close collaboration with researchers and industry partners all over the world.

In the menu to the left and below, you can read more about who we are what we do, and which species we work with.

If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact us.


2018.12.07 | Grant

Huge economic potential in a better use of cross breeding in dairy cattle

The research project DairyCross, which recently received a large grant from GUDP, has a clear objective of increasing the percentage of Danish crossbred cows from 10 to 50 percent in 2025. (External article in Danish)

Graphical representation of the three contributing mechanisms assumed to cause drug response variability. Mechanism 1: A set of disease associated genetic variants are decisive for the risk of developing the disease, and the response to drug treatment varies among cases as a consequence of genetic variation in genes in e.g. drug metabolic pathways. Consequently, the rate and amount at which the body absorbs drugs varies among cases leading to variation in drug response, hence, the disease and drug response phenotypes are effectively two traits that genetically are uncoupled. Mechanism 2: The drug response variability is a consequence of variability in the disease per se, i.e. there are disease heterogeneity among the cases, which results in differences in response to treatment. The disease heterogeneity is not a result of genetic variation among the cases, but due to different lifestyle choices, different environmental exposures, and different genetic risks for correlated diseases. Mechanism 3: Heterogeneity in the associated genetic variants that causes the same disease results in variation in how individuals respond to the same medical treatment.

2018.11.23 | Grant

The personalised medicine

A new research project will be studying the genetic basis of why individuals with the same diagnosis respond differently to the same medicine. The research results can contribute to personalised medicine in the future, based on our unique genetic profile. Medicine with more effect and less side effects.

2018.08.08 | Research

Assessment of breeding for number of living piglets day 5

As part of the agreement on research-based public sector consultancy, researchers from QGG have assessed the breeding initiatives that are to improve the survival rate of Danish piglets (article in Danish).

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2018.03.01 | Research

New research project aims to boost the production of young sows for organic breeding

The PorganiX project will create the first, organic, core livestock of young sows, genetically selected for organic breeding goals, to produce more robust, organic pigs. The outcome of the pioneer project will be an overall lift of the organic, pig producing sector, in Denmark and internationally.

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2018.02.15 | Research

New QGG research focuses on better animal welfare for dairy cattle

Researchers at the Centre for Quantitative Genetics and Genomics, Department for Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University, have located DNA variants that can lead to better udder health and animal welfare for dairy cattle.


Fri 14 Dec
11:00-14:30 | The Auditorium, Aarhus University Foulum (Denmark)
PhD defence
On Friday 14 December, Phd student at MBG-QGG Foulum, Grum Gebreyesus Teklewold, will defend his PhD thesis entitled 'Fine mapping and genomic prediction for detailed milk composition'.
Sat 12 Jan
08:00-17:00 | San Diego, CA (USA)
International Plant & Animal Genome XXVII - San Diego, CA, USA
The Plant & Animal Genome Conference (PAG) provides a forum on recent developments and future plans for plant & animal genome projects. Consisting of technical presentations, poster sessions, exhibits and workshops, the conference is an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas and applications on this internationally important subject.
Tue 15 Jan
08:00-17:00 | MCH Herning, Denmark
SEGES Plant Congress 2019
The SEGES Plant Congress comprises the entire professional area of plant production, environment and nature. The congress is for evreyone interested in the area, e.g. farmers, advisors, researchers, employees in the public sector and students (website in Danish).
Mon 25 Feb
08:00-17:00 | MCH Herning, Denmark
SEGES Cattle Congress 2019
The SEGES cattle convention is the annual meeting for cattle farmers, researchers, decision makers and Non-Governmental Organisations in and around the cattle industry (website in Danish)
Thu 22 Aug
08:00-16:00 | Odense, Denmark
ELIXIR Denmark
5th Annual Danish Bioinformatics Conference 2019
Sun 03 Jul
08:00-16:00 | Rotterdam, The Netherlands
The next World Congress of Genetics Applied to Livestock Production will be held from 3 to 8 July 2022 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.