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Spain: The Grivette gene variant has just been identified in the sheep breeds Ojinegra, Cartera and Maellana

La variante génica Grivette acaba de ser identificada en las razas ovinas Ojinegra, Cartera y Maellana
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Lamb & Mutton
Mar 9, 2021
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The Grivette gene variant has just been identified in the sheep breeds Ojinegra, Cartera and Maellana, breeds native to Teruel. The aforementioned gene variant is associated with increased prolificacy (number of lambs born per parturition). It had been previously described in the Spanish races Rasa Aragonesa and Ovella Galega, and in other foreign races.
The work has been carried out by a team made up of members of the Aragón Center for Agrifood Research and Technology (CITA), Aragonese Agency for Research and Development Foundation (ARAID), and the National Institute for Agricultural Research and Technology (INIA). It has been in collaboration with the Ojinegra Breed Livestock Association (AGROJI), the Maellana Breed Livestock Association (ARAMA), the Portfolio Sheep Livestock Association (ANGORCA) and UPRA-Grupo Pastores. This discovery has been made within the TerGenOvi project, which is linked to the Center for Innovation in Rural Bioeconomy (CIBR) of Teruel and the Teruel Investment Fund. From the Government of Aragon this research work is explained in the following terms: "The TerGenOvi project aims to establish actions in the field of sheep genetic improvement to improve the productive efficiency of the farms of native sheep breeds of Teruel and thus improve its economic, environmental and social sustainability. For this ...
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