Commission on Animal Genetics (G)

President
Erling Strandberg
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SwedenErling.Strandberg@slu.se
Vice-Presidents
Filippo Miglior (Canada)
Han Mulder (Netherlands)
Eileen Wall (UK)
 Secretary
 Alessio Cecchinato
Padova University  Padova, Italy
alessio.cecchinato@unipd.it
 Industry Representative
 Tessa Brinkertessa.brinker@effab.info

 

Young Scientist:

Marcin Pszcola (Poland)

The commission on Animal Genetics addresses all questions regarding the genetic mechanisms underlying performance, phenotype and behavior of farm animals, and also all aspects of how these trait complexes can be modified through means of breeding. Although the general focus of the Animal Genetics commission is on methodological aspects, applications to all domesticated animal species are broadly covered. Also, there are strong interdisciplinary interactions and frequent joint sessions with other commissions addressing the core disciplines, such as physiology, nutrition, or animal health and welfare.

The sessions organized by the Animal Genetics commission are generally well attended which makes the annual EAAP conference the most relevant annual scientific meeting for researchers working  in the field of (quantitive) animal genetics and breeding in Europe, with an increasing interest and participation of non-European scientists.

The scope of the commission on Animal Genetics is best reflected by the range of topics covered in the sessions organized at the annual EAAP meetings. Presently, those topics are mostly from the following areas:

While we aim at having some of the top scientists in the respective field as invited speakers for a given topic, we also provide substantial room for presentations of early career scientists, including a newly established competition for the best presentation of younger colleagues.

The Animal Genetics commission hosts the EAAP working group on Animal Genetic Resources, which regularly organizes well-attended sessions at the annual EAAP meeting. Also, the working group on Companion Animals is attached to the Animal Genetics commission.  Regularly, meetings of the European Regional Focal Point for Animal Genetic Resources (ERFP) and the Interbull committee are attached to the annual EAAP meeting, creating some strong links to these initiatives.