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CENTER FOR QUANTITATIVE GENETICS AND GENOMICS

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.

News

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2019.02.27 | Research

Both the climate and farm economy can come out on top

Senior researcher at QGG, Peter Løvendahl, is the leading author of a scientific article which concludes that with the aid of low-cost, high-capacity recording methods, dairy cattle farmers can reduce the amount of greenhouse gases that their cows burp, while at the same time improving the animals’ feed efficiency.

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2018.12.17 | Research

Methane from cow burps can be reduced by a two-front approach

Combing a cow’s own genetics with strategies that target changes in her rumen flora may be able to reduce methane emissions more effectively than by only selecting for low methane-emitting cows.

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.

Events

Fri 22 Mar
10:00-13:00 | Aarhus University, Foulum
PhD defence
On Friday 22 March, PhD student at MBG-QGG Foulum, Margot Slagboom, is defending her PhD thesis entitled 'Quantifying the value of specific breeding lines for organic dairy cattle'.
Mon 25 Mar
13:30-16:30 | Aarhus University, Foulum
PhD defence
On Monday 25 March, PhD student at MBG-QGG Foulum, Wossenie Mebratie, is defending her thesis entitled 'The genetics of body weight and feed efficiency in broiler chickens'.
Mon 17 Jun
08:00-17:00 | Prag, Tjekkiet
ICAR 2019
This year's ICAR conference is held in Prague, Czech Republic
Sun 23 Jun
08:00-17:00 | Cincinnati, Ohio (USA)
ADSA - American Dairy Science Association
The 2019 meeting af of the American Dairy Science Association® (ADSA®) will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio (USA).
Thu 22 Aug
08:00-16:00 | Odense, Denmark
ELIXIR Denmark
5th Annual Danish Bioinformatics Conference 2019
Mon 26 Aug
08:00-17:00 | Ghent, Belgium
70th annual EAAP meeting
The 70th Annual Meeting of EAAP takes place from 26 August to 30 August 2019 in the city of Ghent, Belgium.