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Project No: AP10/2/1

Title: Establishment and maintenance of a cryopreservation bank for the endangered Namaqua Afrikaner sheep breed in Southern Africa
Project Leader: Dr MA Snyman Starting date: July 2008
Partners: Closing date: Indefinite
 
Objectives: * Collect, freeze and cryopreserve an optimal number (1000) of embryos from ewes in the participating herds
* Collect, freeze and cryopreserve an optimal number (10 000) of semen doses from rams in the participating herds
* Collect and cryopreserve somatic cell tissue samples from an optimal number of animals in the participating herds
* Maintain these resources for conservation purposes of the endangered breeds
* Make these resources available to qualifying researchers in South Africa for relevant research projects involving basic research on cryopreservation techniques of embryos of indigenous breeds
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