Managing animal genetic resources at the community level


Abstract

A nimal genetic resources are defined as “all animal species, breeds/strains and populations used for food and agricultural production and their wild or semi-domesticated relatives”. Worldwide, only 14 out of about 40 domesticated species contribute 90% of all animal products and services. They were diversified into about 6,400 breeds. While animal genetic diversity is not threatened at the species level, about one third of the breeds are classified as endangered. During the last 100 years, about 1,000 breeds have disappeared, 300 of these during the last 15 years.

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