Timing: July 2017 – July 2021
Members of the Consortium
Consortium leader: Eszter Patakiné Dr. Várkonyi, National Centre for Biodivertsity and Gene Conservation (Centre for Farm Animal Gene Conservation)
Szent István University: Dr. Balázs Kovács
NARIC- Agricultural Biotechnology Institute: Dr. Elen Gócza
University of Veterinary Medicine Budapest: Dr. András Gáspárdy
Awarded support: 659.100.000 HUF
Objectives - Brief description of the project
During the past hundred years of its history the Centre for Farm Animal Gene Conservation has always played a significant role in the gene conservation, research, breeding, education, consultation and extension activities connected to Hungarian small animal breeding. Fourteen Hungarian indigenous poultry breeds are maintained in the in vivo poultry gene bank of the Institute which makes it unique in Hungary.
Based on the in vivo gene conservation activity, the members of the consortium have developed a research and development program that complies the challenges of the 21th century and ensures the long-term and safe preservation of old Hungarian farm animal breeds, from honey bees to cattle (in vivo and in vitro). The aim is to preserve the genes of our old Hungarian farm animal breeds in vitro, the long-term storage and utilization of reproductive materials, cells and special tissues, as well as the maintenance of populations of native species within the framework of a gene bank network.