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List of animal and plant genetic resources projects funded in 2008

Animal Projects

Conservation Strategy for Rare Irish Farm Breeds

Irish Cattle Breeding Federation

Kerry Semen Stock

Irish Cattle Breeding Federation

Seminar on breeding and conservation of Galway Sheep

Galway Sheep Breeders Society and Teagasc Athenry

DNA testing of Kerry Bulls

Kerry Cattle Society

Characterisation of various old Irish Goat breeds using microsatellite and mitochondrial markers

Weatherbys Ireland DNA laboratory

Assist the expansion of Irish Moiled Cattle in Ireland by making semen from two bulls available through AI

Irish Moiled Cattle Society and Western Organic Network

Acquisition of knowledge and skills for genetic conservation

Teagasc, Moorepark

Conservation study and improvement of Irish strains of dark European Honeybee

Galtee Bee Breeding Group

Assessing the extent of hybridisation between commercially reared bumblebees and native Bombus terrestris audax

Teagasc, Oak Park

Plant Projects

Development of systems for inclusion of rare and endangered arable crops in REPS scheme: A feasibility study.

Genetic Heritage Ireland

Native Irish Orchard Maintenance Programme

Irish Seed Savers Association

Utilisation of Irish Cultivars: Irish Green Pea

Irish Seed Savers Association

Utilisation of Irish Cultivars: Balbriggan Brussels Sprout

Irish Seed Savers Association

Utilisation of Irish Cultivars: Irish Linseed/Flax

Irish Seed Savers Association

Characterisation of old Irish apple cultivars by genetic fingerprinting

University College Dublin

Conservation of Irish Elm

Teagasc, Kinsealy

Conservation of old pasture ecotypes

Teagasc, Oakpark