Project Number: 1245-31000-104-14
Start Date: Sep 01, 2012
End Date: Aug 31, 2015
ARS and the Cooperator will co-organize an inaugural workshop for a focused group of scientific and institutional research program experts who will attempt to determine the best approaches for developing genome-based tools and sampling current populations for animal improvement programs in Africa. The overall goal of this workshop will be to develop a mutually agreeable and actionable plan for all the research partners. From this time forward, the Cooperator will work with ARS in designing experimental plans for sample collection to generate the resource population of goats that will represent locally adapted breeds of importance. The overall goal of this cooperation is to provide a suitable environment to ensure reliable recording of phenotypes, and facilities, if needed, for temporary storage and/or extraction of genomic DNA from tissues that may not be importable into the U.S. ILRI locations may also provide training for ILRI and other collaborative scientists participating in this project as needed. ARS will serve initially as the genome characterization center for the resource population and the goat genome assembly and as a training facility to build genome analyses capacity with ILRI and other African scientists. Eventually, the results of characterizing the genomes of African goats will lead to the development and application of new breeding strategies to be implemented jointly by the Cooperator and ARS scientists with other African partners. These tools will be available to other global partners interested in application of goat genome results.