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    A new direction for farm animal genetic resources

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    In September 2007, the International Technical Conference on Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture was held in Interlaken, Switzerland. Two important documents aiming at preventing the genetic erosion of farm animal biodiversity and promoting the sustainable use of genetic resources were adopted: The Global Plan of Action for Animal Genetic Resources and the Interlaken Declaration of Animal Genetic Resources

    Old farm animal breeds are of socio-cultural value

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    The Finnish research group identified six different value categories that describe the importance of native breeds for animal owners, different stakeholders and for society in general. In additon to the cultural value, native breeds also were of ecological, economic, social, political and ethical value

    Suomenhevosella on yhteistä alkuperää siperialaisen jakutianhevosen kanssa

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    Hyvää kansainvälistä biodiversiteettipäivää!

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    Eläingeenivaraohjelmaan uusia eläinlajeja ja toimintakeinoja

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    Article of the month - The Yakutian cattle: a cow of the permafrost

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    Siberia's last remaining indigenous breed of domestic cattle, the Sakha Ynaga (in Yakutian language), or Yakutan Cattle, inhabit the lands surrounding the Lena River in Russia's remote Sakha Republic (Yakutia). A Finnish multidisciplinary team of researchers from MTT Agrifood Research Finland and the University of Helsinki's Aleksanteri Institute explored the genetic uniqueness of the Yakutian cattle and the effect of social and cultural factors on the survival of the breed through periods of major upheaval in Russia's history. The findings of this study have now been published in the book Sakha Ynaga - Cattle of the Yakuts

    The breed of the month - Finnsheep: a northern speciality

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    The Finnsheep is the native sheep breed of Finland. Because of its special characteristics, the breed is a globally important genetic resource

    Suomalaiset olivat metsästäjäkeräilijöitä pitkään

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