Genetic Resistance to Parasites in Small Ruminants
Experts from FAO have recently participated to the international workshop on “Genetic Resistance to Parasites in Small Ruminants”. A total of 59 participants from thirteen different countries, representing three continents (North and South America, Europe and Oceania) attended the workshop organized by the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
The Department of Animal Pathology within the Faculty of Veterinary Science of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain) organized an international workshop on the “Genetic Resistance to Parasites in Small Ruminants” on 22-23rd of September 2012. A total of 59 participants from thirteen different countries, representing three continents (North and South America, Europe and Oceania) attended making this a truly international workshop and successful first meeting.
As a consequence of this meeting, researchers from several institutions from America, Australia and Europe signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Genetic Resistance to Parasites in Small Ruminants to develop and carry out collaborative research to further
- The study on resilience to infection of parasites by local sheep breeds
- Exchange of advice on matters pertaining to the identity of mechanisms responsible for resistance to parasite infections in local breeds
- Exchange of academic materials and research collaboration in areas of mutual interest
- Exchange of advice on matters pertaining to the development of unique reagents
- Have formal discussions, at least every two years, at a workshop under the auspices of this MOU. It is hoped, that this newly created international group, with highly complementary expertise and interests, will develop new research opportunities and collaborative grants.
The meeting had the support from the FAO through the participation of Dr. Irene Hoffmann, Chief of the Animal Genetic Resources Branch, and Dr Kathiravan Periasamy from the Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture. Hoffmann reported on the population numbers and risk status of goat breeds and highlighted the range of adaptive traits harboured in locally adapted breeds. The following discussion stressed the need to scientifically characterize breed disease resistance/resilience, in terms of trial structure and minimal number of animals needed.
Two following meetings have been planned. The next one will be organised in Australia (within the 24th meeting of the WAAVP meeting, Perth. Chairperson: Dr. David Piedrafita) and a third one in Mexico in 2014 (Chairperson: Dr. Felipe Torres-Acosta).