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Research Overview

The project consists of several inter-related research activities focused on increasing feed efficiency (FE) and decreasing methane emissions (ME) in the dairy industry:

  • FE and ME - enlarging the database for genomic analysis through increased data collection (phenotypic and genotypic) on these two traits and collaboration with international groups
  • Using milk infrared spectroscopy data as an indicator of FE
  • Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS) to identify genomic regions associated with FE and ME
  • Whole-genome sequencing, variant discovery and functional studies to better understand the underlying biology of FE and ME
  • Development and implementation of Canadian genomic evaluations for FE and ME in the Canadian dairy industry
  • Social and Economic Benefits (GE3LS) of selecting for these two traits for society and for industry



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