Animal Genetic Resources

The cluster Animal Genetic Resources (AnGR) of CGN is working in the area of conservation and sustainable use of genetic diversity in domestic animals. Genetic diversity in domestic animals forms the basis for animal breeding.

Conservation of genetic diversity between and within domestic animal breeds is an insurance for the future. A broad genetic base is crucial to deal with future changes in environment, markets for animal products and animal production systems. In addition, domestic animal breeds of Dutch origin are a valuable part of our cultural heritage.

CGN is giving advice to governmental and non-governmental organizations and the private sector on conservation and sustainable use of Animal Genetic Resources, both national and international.

CGN works closely together with Wageningen U&R Animal Breeding and Genomics.


Type of work:   

  • Policy advice
  • Establishment and management of gene bank collections
  • Research (genetics and cryobiology)
  • Advice on genetic management of small populations
  • Monitoring and documentation