About Animal Breeding and Genomics

To perform excellent animal breeding and genomics research and provide high-quality education to create knowledge that contributes to sustainable livestock and fish production in an international context – that is our mission.

Wageningen University & Research, Animal Breeding and Genomics (WUR-ABG) aims to perform innovative research in order to meet the future demand for safe and healthy food of animal origin, while reducing environmental impact by making use of better resources. How do we do this? By working together with national and international companies and scientific partners and with a keen eye for the demands and expectations of society.

Focus areas

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Genetic
diversity

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The aim is to better understand and preserve the genetic diversity within and between wild and domestic animal species and breeds, to develop methods and tools for sustainable breeding programs and genetic management of populations, and to develop and implement protocols for cryoconservation of animal species.

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Genomic
prediction

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The aim is to develop methods and tools for genomic prediction tailored to specific populations and traits, to optimize designs of reference populations and genomic breeding programs, and to investigate long-term impact of genomic selection.

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Sustainable
breeding & big data

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The aim is to explore collection of phenotypes, to evaluate designs of breeding programmes, and to develop big data approaches and other statistical methods that contribute to a more sustainable animal husbandry and that work towards a result that can be applied in practice.

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International

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The aim is to contribute to sustainable intensification of livestock production worldwide with expertise, research, education and capacity building. In particular, we focus on sustainability and circularity of livestock systems and their contribution to food security.
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Unravelling DNA
& biology

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The aim is to bridge the genotype-phenotype gap and to understand how genotypes result in phenotypes by making use of a wide variety of methods and tools like whole genome sequencing, DNA methylation, gene expression, microbiota and organoids.

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Aqua
breeding

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Information about this WUR-ABG focus group will follow soon

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New laboratory
techniques

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The aim is to optimize existing laboratory protocols and introduce and implement new laboratory techniques needed for all WUR-ABG focus groups to perform innovative scientific research.

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