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Project No: AP10

Title: Establishment of the Grootfontein Biological Reserve for South African Small Stock research and conservation
Project Leader: Dr M.A. Snyman Starting date: July 2008
Partners: Closing date: Indefinite
Objectives: * Maintain resource herds of various small stock breeds as reference populations and source of phenotypic data and genetic material in collaboration with provincial departments of agriculture and breeders
* Collect blood samples from animals in the reference herds, store blood samples, extract and store DNA in two separate suitable -80° C storage facilities
* Collect embryos, semen and somatic cell tissue samples from animals in the reference herds and store it in liquid nitrogen storage facilities at two centres
* Develop and maintain a database with all relevant genetic, production and reproduction data
* Provide biological material and data to South African research institutions for the promotion of genomic research on the improvement of the sheep and goat population of the country
* Conserve and preserve the genetic diversity of South African sheep and goat breeds
* Conserve and preserve the indigenous sheep and goat breeds of South Africa
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Author Year Title Publication
Snyman MA, Visser C, van Marle-Köster E 2010 Genetic parameters for fleece weight and fibre diameter profile traits in South African Angora goats Grootfontein Agric 10 (1) :14-23
Snyman MA 2011 Establishment of the South African biological reserve for small stock research and conservation at Grootfontein Grootfontein Agric 11 (1) : 1-9
Visser C, Snyman MA, Van Marle-Köster E, Bovenhuis H 2009 Genetic parameters for physical and quality traits of mohair in South African Angora goats. Small Ruminant Research 87 : 27-32
Storbeck K-H, Swart AC, Snyman MA, Swart P 2008 Two CYP17 genes in the South African Angora goat (Capra hircus). The identification of three genotypes that differ in copy number and steroidogenic output. FEBS Journal 275 : 3934-3943