EADGENE-S is a follow-up project of EADGENE, a Network of Excellence, which coordinates a genomics approach to the unraveling of host-pathogen interactions, thereby providing the basic knowledge necessary for the development of new or improved therapeutics and vaccins, improved diagnostics, new prevention strategies, and the breeding of farm animals for disease resistance. From 1 September 2004 till 1 March 2010 EADGENE was an EC funded a European Research Group (ERG). As from 1 March 2010 EADGENE_S continues as a project.
EADGENE is a Network of Excellence, which coordinates a genomics approach to the unraveling of host-pathogen interactions, thereby providing the basic knowledge necessary for the development of new or improved therapeutics and vaccins, improved diagnostics, new prevention strategies, and the breeding of farm animals for disease resistance. The network concentrates on pathogens of importance in the human food chain.
SEFABAR (2001-2003) “Sustainable European Farm Animal Breeding and Reproduction” was initiated by FAIP (Farm Animal Industrial Platform) to respond to the growing public concern on farm animal breeding and reproduction. The aim of SEFABAR was to find sustainable, economically sound and accepted breeding scenarios for ruminants, pigs, poultry and fish, and a broad overview of sustainable breeding possibilities for farm animals as a whole. SEFABAR was an EU funded Thematic Network of breeding scientists, industry and socio-economic scientists. The Management Group (MG) included representatives from Farm Animal Industrial Platform (FAIP), European Association for Animal Production (EAAP), European Aquaculture Society (EAS) and World’s Poultry Science Association (WPSA). The socio-economic partners were: Centre for Bio-ethics and Risk Assessment (bio-ethics, Denmark), Akademie für Tierschutz (animal welfare, Germany), Agricultural Economics Unit University of Exeter (economic and world trade aspects, UK), INRA CORELA (public opinion, France), and Rural Sociology Wageningen University (cultural differences, The Netherlands). The SEFABAR project started in December 2001 and ended three years later.
Farm Animal Breeding and Society (1998-1999) was a project that focused on the possible soietal merits and constraints in future farm animal breeding. During this period new reproduction and selection technologies like transgenesis and cloning started to crop up, but also the undesirable side effects of high production in farm animals.
Furthermore, the food production moved from being supply side driven to consumer driven. To deal with this new situation the project "the future developments in farm animal reproduction and selection and its ethical, legal and consumer's implications", financed by the EU 4th Framework Programme for RTD, worked out a picture of challenges and future scenarios in farm animal breeding and the possible societal merits and constraints.