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Center for Genomic Selection in Animals and Plants (GenSAP)


Center for Genomic Selection in Animals and Plants

GenSAP News

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2019.10.16 | Research

New improvement methods for barley and wheat give high yield, better disease resistance and high grain quality

New research finds that genomic selection is highly efficient in the improvement of barley and wheat.

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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.

Photo: Jette Odgaard Villemoes

2017.11.22 | Research

A successful annual meeting

The 5th annual meeting of the strategic research centre GenSAP was held 15 - 16 November at the Legoland Hotel & Conference Center in Billund, Denmark. The 2-day programme offered a rich variety of talks and fruitful debates in colourful surroundings with Lego bricks everywhere.

2017.09.12 | Research

Improved solution to increase fertility in high-yielding cows

Through decades, researchers have been able to increase milk production in cows by intense genetic selection. However, this has resulted in a reversal of the fertility of the cows. This has led the researchers to find an optimum solution. The research was carried out at the QGG-based Center for Genomic Selection in Animals and Plants (GenSAP)

2017.09.12 | Research

The discovery of lethal mutations in dairy cattle is now facilitated by means of new deletion catalogue

New research in lethal mutations in dairy cattle has led to a chromosomal deletion catalogue, which can prevent yearly economic losses in the dairy industry.

GenSAP develops GS methodology for the management, integration, and extraction of relevant information from the massive amounts of data emerging from whole genome sequencing, functional genomics, epigenomics, and complex phenotyping technologies. In addition, GenSAP generates advanced computational tools for optimising and evaluating selection decisions based on in silico data.

In this way, GenSAP is building decision tools that ensure long-term sustainable implementation of GS. Consequently, next generation genomic selection tools will be efficient across species and environments, and will be both economically and genetically sustainable. GenSAP hopes to contribute to the foundation of a globally competitive and sustainable food production.

The strategic research centre GenSAP has gathered all relevant Danish breeding companies and research groups as well as world-leading international researchers to build the foundation for next generation genomic selection tools for genetic improvement schemes in agricultural plants and animals.

GenSAP brings together the relevant scientific actors (dark blue boxes), industrial partners/species (green boxes), and scientific disciplines (light blue boxes) to develop the next generation genomic breeding tools for agricultural genetic improvement schemes.

The Innovation Fund Denmark finances the center with DKK 30.6 mill. out of a total budget of DKK 68.7 mill. over six years (2013-2018).