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Selection of Animal and Plant Genetic Resources Projects funded from 1996 - 2007

Animal Projects

Breed Project Title Organisation Involved
All rare breeds Rare Breeds Festival Killarney June 2006 Kerry Bog Pony Society
Kerry Cattle, Irish Draught Horse, Connemara Pony, Galway Sheep National Strategy for the conservation of rare Irish farm breeds 2004 - 2008 Irish Cattle Breeding Federation
Kerry Cattle Inspection of Canadian born Kerry Cattle for conformity to breed type and examination of possible arrangements or systems on the ground in Canada to ensure the accuracy and authenticity of information included in the Kerry herdbook The Kerry Cattle Society
Kerry Cattle Conservation of Kerry Cattle genetic resources through the cryopreservation of semen at two secure locations. The Kerry Cattle Society
Kerry Cattle Conservation of cattle genetic resources, specifically Kerry Cattle - Year 1 The Kerry Cattle Society
Kerry Cattle Publication of a book on the Kerry Cattle Breed The Kerry Cattle Society
Kerry Cattle Conservation of Kerry Cattle Genetic Resources Irish Cattle Breeding Federation
Kerry Cattle Conservation of cattle genetic resources generally and the Kerry Cattle specifically - 2002/03. Irish Cattle Breeding Federation
Kerry Cattle Kerry Cattle Conservation 2001 - 2008 Irish Cattle Breeding Federation
Kerry Cattle A breed website for the Kerry Cattle Society Kerry Cattle Society
Kerry Cattle Kerry Cattle Semen cryo-preservation Irish Cattle Breeding Federation
Irish Moiled Assist in the expansion of Irish Moiled Cattle in Ireland by making semen from two bulls available for AI Irish Moiled Cattle Society and the Western Organic Network
Droimeann Cattle Characterisation of a rare Irish Cattle Breed by comparative molecular studies using genomic and mitochondrial analysis Weatherbys DNA Laboratory
Irish Draught Horse Characterisation of the Irish Draught Horse population in Ireland. The Department of Animal Science, University College Dublin, Irish Horse Board.
Irish Draught Horse Molecular genetic characterisation of the endangered Irish Draught Horse (two-year project) The Department of Animal Science, University College Dublin
Irish Draught Horse Genetic diversity of the Irish Draught Horse population Rare Breeds Trust Irish Draught Horse Society, ICBF, Irish Horse Board
Irish Draught Horse Irish Draught Horse breed development programme Royal Dublin Society
Irish Draught Horse Semen collection from Irish Draught stallion Royal Dublin Society
Connemara Pony Characterisation of the Connemara Pony in Ireland The Department of Animal Science, University College Dublin
Connemara Pony Characterisation of the Connemara pony population in the U.K., France, Finland, Denmark, Sweden and the USA The Department of Animal Science, University College Dublin
Connemara Pony Characterisation of the Connemara pony population in Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, Holland, New Zealand, Switzerland and South Africa. The Department of Animal Science, University College Dublin
Kerry Bog Pony Identification and characterisation of the Kerry Bog Pony using DNA and bloodtyping markers. Weatherbys DNA Laboratory
Kerry Bog Pony Breed website for the Kerry Bog Pony Society Kerry Bog Pony Society
Kerry Bog Pony Inbreeding Analysis in Kerry Bog Pony Kerry Bog Pony Society
Galway Sheep Production of a pedigree flock book of the Galway Sheep Breed from flock performance data covering the 1974-1995 period and the development of procedures and software which will underpin effective maintenance of pedigree and production in the future. Teagasc, Athenry
Galway Sheep Genetic Conservation of the Galway Sheep Breed Teagasc, Athenry
Galway Sheep Conservation of Galway Sheep, establish DNA bank and frozen semen bank and preliminary assessment of variation at selected candidate loci and at representative micro-satellite loci. Teagasc, Athenry
Galway Sheep Creation of website for Galway Sheep Breeders Society Galway Sheep Breeders Society
Irish Dark Honey Bee Conservation study and improvement of rare strains of dark European Honeybees Galtee Bee Keeping Group
Irish Dark Honey Bee Conservation and improvement of local Irish strains of Dark European Honeybee (phase 1) Galtee Bee Keeping Group
Irish Dark Honey Bee Conservation and improvement of local Irish strains of Dark European Honeybee (phase 2) Galtee Bee Keeping Group
Irish Dark Honey Bee Conservation and improvement of local Irish strains of Dark European Honeybee (phase 3) Galtee Bee Keeping Group
Irish Dark Honey Bee Conservation and improvement of local Irish strains of Dark European Honeybee (phase 4) Galtee Bee Keeping Group

Plant Projects

Plant Species Project Title Organisation Involved
Apple Research, collection, identification & preservation of endangered Irish apples. Irish Seed Savers Association
Apple Collection of indigenous crab apples & damsons Irish Seed Savers Association
Apple Maintain national collection Irish Seed Savers Association
Apple Produce information booklet Irish Seed Savers Association
Cereal Conservation of Irish cereal varieties & Irish cereal landraces. Genetic Heritage Ireland
Cereal Evaluation of high protein bread wheat germplasm derived from Ethopian landraces University College Dublin
Cereal Heritage & under utilised cereals grown at Raheen Irish Seed Savers Association
Cereal The origin, distribution and genetic diversity of wild oats in Irish arable fields. National University of Ireland Maynooth
Cereal Bulking up 3 wheat, 1 oat & 1 barley variety Irish Seed Savers Association
Cereal Replication of Irish linseed varieties Irish Seed Savers Association
Grasses Characterisation of perennial ryegrass Teagasc, Oakpark
Grasses Collection & genetic characterisation of semi-wild populations of Lolium perenne. Teagasc Oakpark
Grasses Collection & genetic characterisation of semi-wild populations of Lolium perenne ( 2002 & 2003 ) National University of Ireland Mayn
Grasses/Clovers Genetic diversity between & among ecotypes of white clover & perennial ryegrass in comparison to modern varieties & assessment of quality parameters. Teagasc Oakpark
Hardwood Trees Conservation of veteran Irish hardwood trees. ( 2004 - 2006 ) Teagasc Kinsealy
Hardwood Trees Conservation of Irish Elm Teagasc, Kinsealy
Willow Assessing diversity of the willow family Trinity College Dublin
Flax Utilisation of native Irish Flax Irish Seed Savers Association
Maritime Sea Beet Identification and Evaluation of the current extent and diversity of native populations of maritime sea beet (2002, 2003 and 2006) Dermot Grogan (Irish Sugar Ltd.)
Brassica Conservation of brassica varieties.  Genetic Heritage Ireland
Brassica Conservation and utilisation of Irish Brassicas  Genetic Heritage Ireland
Brassica Utilisation of native Irish cultivars Irish Seed Savers Assoc
Vegetables/Soft Fruit Location and conservation of native Irish vegetables & soft fruit varieties Genetic Heritage Ireland
Miscellaneous plant projects
Capital Expenditure Refrigeration equipment for a national seed bank Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Backweston
School Projects To plant orchards in schools using native Irish apple trees Irish Seed Savers Association
Promotional Work Webpage and publicity Genetic Heritage Ireland
Capital Expenditure Purchase of seed refrigeration unit Genetic Heritage Ireland
Capital Expenditure Establishment of a herbage genebank Teagasc, Oakpark
Capital Expenditure Seed package sealer Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Backweston