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Alberta Agencies to Fund Genomics Studies to Improve Livestock Industry

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Genome Alberta and the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency will spend C$3 million (US$2.8 million) to fund new research projects that use genomics approaches to improve the Canadian livestock industry.

This is the second round of funding that will be awarded under the Applied Livestock Genomics Program, which launched in 2010 and has funded nine projects to date, Genome Alberta said on Friday.

The projects funded under this second round (ALGP2), will focus on areas such as sustainability, reducing carbon footprint, livestock health, production and climate change, food safety and nutrition, and translational challenges in technology uptake.

The partners plan to fund Rapid Opportunity Projects that will focus on short-term efforts that have immediate benefits to the livestock sector, and Strategic Opportunity Projects that address "significant strategic questions and industry issues," Genome Alberta said.

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