Welcome to the Animal Improvement Program!
In April 2014, the Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory (AIPL) and the Bovine Functional Genomics Laboratory (BFGL) were merged to form the Animal Genomics and Improvement Laboratory (AGIL). The mission of AGIL is to discover and develop improved methods for the genetic and genomic evaluation of economically important traits of dairy animals and small ruminants and to conduct fundamental genomics-based research aimed at improving their health and productive efficiency.
As part of the merger, the main AIPL research project on the discovery and development of improved methods for the genetic and genomic evaluation of economically important traits of dairy animals was renamed the Animal Improvement Program (AIP). Formal research reports on AIP are available through the AGIL website. Genetic evaluations, service documentation, and trait documentation are available at the Council of Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB) website.
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|About AIP||Current objectives and project details; award and genetic evaluation history; directions to AIP work site|
|Publications||Recent AIP-related scientific publications, research research reports, and presentations;popular press articles; other animal breeding and genetics publications|
|Software||Software developed to support genomic and genetic evaluation methodology|
|People||AIP staff, contact information, and history|
|News||New or updated information on genetic evaluations available at the CDCB website|
|Collaborations||Current AIP-related cooperative agreements; dairy industry and cooperator links|
|Careers||AIP-related career skills and AGIL job openings; links to ARS job sources|
|Contact AIP:||Animal Improvement Program
Animal Genomics and Improvement Laboratory
Agricultural Research Service, USDA
10300 Baltimore Avenue
BARC-West, Building 005, Room 306
Beltsville, Maryland 20705-2350
Telephone: (301) 504-8334
Fax: (301) 504-8092