CGN carries out research to develop and improve both in situ and ex situ conservation strategies. Moreover, CGN gives advices on improvement of genetic management of (small) populations of farm animals.
In this respect, one very important element is to avoid too high rates of inbreeding. Furthermore, CGN contributes to (international) initiatives to develop guidelines for conservation.
Minimization of inbreeding rate and optimization of breeding structure and breeding strategy are important elements in the genetic management of these populations. Supportive calculations can make use of pedigree information and/or information on genetic markers.