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Help Rabbit-Genome Biology Net present the case for rabbits feeding the world

Rabbit Genome Biology-Net is inviting and encouraging rabbit enthusiasts from around the world to help gather information about all rabbit genetic resources/breed/lines for meat production in the world, including details about production performance, if available.

This includes researchers and people in charge of rabbit breeds/lines (national breeder associations, breeding companies, local breeders, fancy breeders, laboratory animal providers and biotechnology companies) who may be interested in the publication of their performance statistics and availability of genetic resources.

The information about the breeds/lines will be also used to make a publication (booklet) whose first edition will be presented at the final RGB-Net meeting and at the World Expo in Milan (Feeding the planet, Energy for life) with the title: “Rabbit feeds the planet”. The aim of this publication is to disseminate the characteristics of different populations of rabbits as well as the feasibility and advantages of rabbits as a source of protein for human consumption in both developed and developing countries.

Data will be collected using the Breed Data Sheets for DAD-IS (Domestic Animal Diversity Information System – of FAO. DAD-IS includes a searchable database of information about breeds, tools for management, and contacts for FAO National Coordinators for the Management of Animal Genetic Resources, who are individuals nominated by their countries to coordinate national animal genetic resources activities, liaise with FAO and insert breed data into DAD-IS.

The data sheets are available for download at:

Please send the requested information to Professor Manuel Baselga (Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain, Email: or Dr. Paul Boettcher (Animal Genetics Resources Branch, Animal Production and Health Division, FAO, Rome, Italy. Email: before the end of 2014.


COST Action TD1101 “Rabbit Genome Biology-Net” ( is an action granted by the COST programme of the European Commission in the domain of Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences. Chaired by the University of Bologna and the INRA, it gathers 94 experts from 20 European countries and from USA, China, Japan, Taiwan and South Africa.


Story source: Dr. Paul Boettcher via AGDG-LIST

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