Animal Genetic Resources
Monday, 10 May 2010 12:27
ANGR SamplingThe Animal Genetic Resources Pilot Project is designed to do an inventory and characterization of animal genetic resources in the Pacific Island Countries. This project funded by Australian Government through FAO limited funds and could only cover four countries Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and Niue and anticipate extending to the other countries in future. 

The aim is to collect samples spe cifical ly from indigenous or local pigs and chickens and to establish the genetic diversity which could provide potential breeding capacity for the region.   As part of the on-going implementation of the AnGR Pilot Project for, the AHP / AnGR team have now covered the following areas

Established agreement with ILRI laboratory in Beijing who have given us assurance to do DNA analysis of both the pig and poultry blood samples. A post gradua te student (MSc.) from China as part of his thesis, has been given the permission to do the DNA analysis.  His CV has been forwarded to FAO for their record. First lot of samples are to be sent to Beijing this month June 2008.   Other samples will follow as soon as we have them in stock