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Farm animal genetic resources: safeguarding national livestock biodiversity

By Stephen Hall

Abstract

Long regarded in the UK as the responsibility of individuals, breeders’ groups or charitable organizations, livestock breed conservation has now been recognized by the Government as a national responsibility. The National Standing Committee on Farm Animal Genetic Resources was set up in 2006 to promote conservation and sustainable development of livestock biodiversity in general. It is putting into effect a National Action Plan comprising 38 Recommended Actions. This article reports on the composition and activities of the Committee and emphasizes the importance for agricultural sustainability of a full appreciation of the value of these resources

Topics: C410 Applied Genetics, C181 Biodiversity, D420 Livestock
Publisher: Royal Agricultural Society of England
Year: 2009
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lincoln.ac.uk:2655
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