IMAGE – Innovative Management of Animal Genetic Resources

IMAGE is a large international Horizon2020 project, which aims to enhance the use of genetic collections and to upgrade animal gene bank management. IMAGE will better exploit DNA information and develop methodologies, biotechnologies, and bioinformatics for rationalising animal genetic resources. It will demonstrate the benefits brought by gene banks to the development of sustainable livestock systems by:

– enhancing the usefulness of genetic collections to allow the livestock sector to respond to environment and market changes
– using latest DNA technology and reproductive physiology for collecting, storing and distributing biological resources
– minimising genetic accidents such as abnormalities or genetic variability tipping points
– developing synergies between ex-situ and in-situ conservation to maximise resources for the future.
NordGen contributes to 4 work packages:

WP1 – Multi actor participation and knowledge exchange

WP2 – Enhancing gene bank functioning to improve quality and access transparency

WP6 – Sustainable and innovative use of genetic collections

WP7 – Outreach