European Network for Pig genomics
COST Action 861
The main objective of the Action is to increase the knowledge of the organisation, expression and regulation of the genes involved in pig development, health, reproduction, and product quality.
Pork represents about 40% of the world meat production and Europe accounts for about 18% of this world production. There is an increasing need to improve overall pig husbandry in terms of health, welfare and sustainability, as well as traceability, food quality and safety. Such improvements require a continuous progress in animal science domains such as genetics, physiology, nutrition and pathology. A genomics approach, which is systematic and global, offers an opportunity to meet this requirement by collecting large amounts of information. But, using large specific equipment for sample and data management and analysis, this approach requires an important financial support. Nevertheless, European breeders need access to this genomic information in order to stay competitive at the world level, and to decide how European pigs will look like in the future. We thus propose a European network for research groups involved in pig genomics. The action is organized into 5 working groups.
The Management Committee is chaired by François Hatey (F) and vice-chaired by Merete Fredholm (DK).