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CSIRO scientists are developing tools to help improve productivity in livestock

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CSIRO scientists are developing tools in genomics, bioformatics and biostatistics, which would help improve productivity and profitability in livestock industries.

The analytical tools being developed will utilise genetic and genomic information in defining the optimal phenotype of animals for a range of production systems.

CSIRO scientists have been developing and applying methodologies in systems and computational biology to identify genes, gene networks, biochemical pathways and biological processes that are associated with important livestock traits.

The team are also developing a suite of web-accessible databases and tools to store and analyse information generated from molecular and genomics projects in livestock research, as well as a range of approaches to integrate data in the public domain with in-house experimental data.

Some of the key research areas for the CISRO scientists include:

  • Analysing the genome sequences of livestock production species
  • Developing models of key biological processes based on molecular, cellular and tissue-level systems
  • Generating gene mapping tools
  • Improving access to livestock-focused resources in bioinformatics and genomics
  • Predicting molecular breeding values and molecular phenotype
  • Using a systems biology approach to develop livestock that is highly nutrient and energy efficient without compromising nutritional value, quality of products and animal welfare

The key to successful research in biomolecular science is the close alignment of computational and biological research.

The CSIRO is a significant scientific organisation in the sheep and cattle genome projects. For more information on the CSIRO Livestock Industries’ department, visit their website or contact them directly.


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