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Research Project: National Animal Germplasm Program

Location: Plant and Animal Genetic Resources Preservation

Title: An update on USDA swine gene banking

Author
item Purdy, Phil
item Blackburn, Harvey
item Manahan, Ted - Colorado State University
item Spiller, Scott
item Wilson, Carrie - Welsh

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/4/2015
Publication Date: 8/9/2015
Citation: Purdy, P.H., Blackburn, H.D., Manahan, T.J., Spiller, S.F., Wilson, C.S. 2015. An update on USDA swine gene banking. Meeting Abstract. VIII International Conference on Boar Semen Preservation, Champaign, IL August 9-12, 2015. Vol 50:112-113.

Interpretive Summary: The USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Animal Germplasm Program (NAGP) collects, preserves, evaluates and utilizes germplasm (semen, eggs, embryos, DNA) from all of the agricultural species in the US in order to create a secure collection. The material can be released for any of a number of purposes; e.g. recreate or expand populations of animals using assisted reproductive technologies, analyze genetic diversity within a breed, search for unidentified genetic traits. To date, approximately 7,000 animals across species and 17,000 samples of multiple forms of germplasm have been released. In order to establish this collection it has been necessary to simultaneously develop and evaluate multiple technologies so that the collection is not static but rather an interactive collection of germplasm, genetic resource information, technologies, and knowledge that is freely available. This manuscript describes the status of the collection, the tools that have been developed and the cryobiology research that enable the NAGP to function.

Technical Abstract: The USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Animal Germplasm Program (NAGP) collects, preserves, evaluates and utilizes germplasm (semen, eggs, embryos, DNA) from all of the agricultural species in the US in order to create a secure collection. The material can be released for any of a number of purposes; e.g. recreate or expand populations of animals using assisted reproductive technologies, analyze genetic diversity within a breed, search for unidentified genetic traits. To date, approximately 7,000 animals across species and 17,000 samples of multiple forms of germplasm have been released. In order to establish this collection it has been necessary to simultaneously develop and evaluate multiple technologies so that the collection is not static but rather an interactive collection of germplasm, genetic resource information, technologies, and knowledge that is freely available. This manuscript describes the status of the collection, the tools that have been developed and the cryobiology research that enable the NAGP to function.