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Project No: AP10/3

Title: Blood and DNA bank for genomic research in sheep and goat breeds in South Africa
Project Leader: Dr MA Snyman Starting date: January 2005
Partners: Closing date: Indefinite
Objectives: * Maintain and expand the existing central storage facility of the blood and DNA bank for South African small stock breeds at Grootfontein
* Maintain an operational DNA laboratory for this purpose
* Collect blood samples from all animals in the participating herds
* Store blood samples of all animals
* Extract and store DNA of sub-samples
* Collect production and reproduction data on all animals in the participating herds
* Create and maintain a database with all relevant genetic, production and reproduction data
* Make these resources available to qualifying researchers in South Africa for genomic research studies.
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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