Livestock genetics and climate change
Climate change is in the news on an almost daily basis and in this context, livestock production as one of the drivers is in the focus of the public and policy makers. Following ERA-NET SusAn’s second 2018 Joint Call with the ERA-NETs FACCE-ERA-GAS and ICT-AGRI on “Novel technologies, solutions and systems to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions in animal production systems”, ERA-NET SusAn joint forces with the JPI on Agriculture, Food Security & Climate Change and organised an Exploratory Workshop on “Phenotyping/Genotyping and Novel Breeding Techniques for adaptation and mitigation to Climate Change in the livestock sector”.
The workshop was held on 21st November 2019 in Brussels and more than 40 participants from 10 different European countries representing research, stakeholders and policy makers followed the invitation to explore possible research gaps in Europe. The needs and challenges of major stakeholders including policy makers, and the exploration and identification of possible roles of ERANET SusAn and FACCE-JPI to address them were other topics discussed in the workshop.
Introductory lectures by keynote speakers setting the scene from the research, stakeholders’, and policy perspectives were followed by group discussions and the following provisional conclusions can be drawn:
ERA-NET SusAn will take the conclusions and recommendations regarding future research topics into consideration for the development of its Common Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda. The statements regarding stakeholder involvement and communication, dissemination and exploitation will be used as input for an update of the communication and dissemination plan and when working towards collaboration with other initiatives and stakeholders.
The agenda and workshop report with the final workshop conclusions will be available for download on the ERA-NET SusAn homepage.
While the report for the recent ERA-NET SusAn & FACCE-JPI workshop “Breeding for GHG mitigation” is processed we recommend further reading on the topic provided by the Joint Research Centre’s Science Hub. “Impact of animal breeding on GHG emissions and farm economics”.