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Cryopreservation of germplasm from endangered sheep breeds - MP0146

Heritage GeneBank (HGB) was established during the Foot and Mouth Diseas (FMD) epidemic, to protect germplasm of endangered sheep breeds by cryopreservation. The collection, made under crisis conditions, is be be collated and linked with visual and text pedigree information for archiving into a searchable, permanent resource.

The programme addresses Government interest in conservation strategies of sheep breeds.

The resource will be of use in due course when a National Action Plan for the protection of farm animal resouces is finalised.

The scientific objective is to cryopreserve germplasm from endangered sheep breeds and develop the collection into a fully collated, integrated and searchable resource.

Project Documents
• Final Report : Cryopreservation of germplasm from endangered sheep breeds   (43k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2001

To: 2002

Cost: £24,680
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University - York
Disease Prevention              
Livestock Farming