Faculty of Agriculture
Institute of Zootechnics
Laboratory of Animal Genetics

The Animal Genetics group is one of the two research groups present at the Institutes of Zootechnics of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Piacenza, Italy. Although being of recent constitution (founded in 1996) the group rapidly grew up to an international level, as assessed by its participation to a number of EU projects and by the publications of its components (see lists below). In addition to international funding, the group has funding available from a number of national projects. The group is multidisciplinary and comprises geneticists, naturalists, biologists, biotechnologists and bioinformaticians.

Research activities of the group focus on the investigation of i) animal and plant genetic diversity and conservation; ii) development of molecular diagnostic tools for the traceability of animal products, spanning from the detection of the presence of animal meat and bone meal in animal feed, banned after the BSE crisis, to the assignment of animal products to the breed of origin to avoid frauds; iii) seeking and mapping relevant genes in livestock; iv) development and application of new molecular technologies.

Main mission

The main research mission is the investigation and conservation of diversity in animals and plants by studying the evolutionary history and selection processes in livestock and the ecological and evolutionary processes in plants. The approach adopted by the group is to focus on processes, combining ecological, socio economic and molecular approaches. We examine these processes with a view to understanding, conserving and managing the resulting diversity. The Animal Biotechnology group is an exciting and stimulating environment for research in diversity and conservation, is productive and has an active seminar and meetings series.

Contact: Lab of Animal Genetics, Institute of Zootechnics, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
via Emilia Parmense, 84 - 29100 Piacenza - Italy
Tel.+390523599482 - Fax.+390523599276 - E-mail: lab.animalgenetics-pc@unicatt.it
Last update: 10/02/2010