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Research in Livestock Genomics

In 2010, after the international effort to sequence the bovine genome was achieved in 2009, Livestock Gentec was created out of the Alberta Bovine Genomics Program (ABGP), in order to build upon the success of ABGP and bring the benefits of genomics to additional livestock industries and wildlife health in Alberta, and beyond.

Since then, Livestock Gentec has been involved in research involving more than 10 species, including swine, sheep, poultry (broiler and layer), bison, various cervids, water buffalo, and salmon. The research objectives range from developing genomic tools to test, identify, and predict transmission of chronic wasting disease to using metabolomics analysis to develop pen-side diagnostics for pregnancy and litter size at early gestation.

Livestock Gentec is currently involved in eight additional livestock projects (i.e., additional to bovine or porcine projects found in the categories above), many of which include collaborations with scientists at leading institutions, nationally and internationally. For more information on the individual projects listed below, please contact our management team or the principal investigator(s) directly. 

Project title

Principal Investigator

Duration

Research / Strategic Goal

Using pooling allele frequency to cost-effectively test if there is a genetic predisposition to footpad lesions in commercial poultry

Bench, Clover

2016-2017

Health

Improving chicken responses to glycoconjugate vaccination against Campylobacter jejuni.

Plastow, Graham

2016-2018

Health

Genomics and metabolomics analyses of sheep residual feed intake and carcass quality: a follow up study

Wang, Zhiquan

2016-2018

Efficiency

Systems Biology and Molecular Ecology of Chronic Wasting Disease

Stothard, Paul (collaborator) (McKenzie and Wishart)

2016-2020

Health

Development a collaborative research project on application of yeast byproducts

Guan, Leluo

2017-2017

Health

Effects of iodine in water on intestinal microbial communities of chickens and other livestock animals

Willing, Ben

2017-2018

Health

Improved accuracy in diagnosing pregnancy and predicting litter size at early ewe gestation; metabolomics analyses for pen side kit development.

Markus, Susan

2017-2018

Efficiency

Microbial modifying properties of iodinated water in animal production

Willing, Ben

2017-2018

Health