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Video: Tools for genetic gains of breeding programs

Converging plant and animal breeding could more than double the rates of genetic gain of breeding programs.

Professor John Hickey is a research group leader at the Roslin Institute and Chair of Animal Breeding at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. His inaugural lecture was on 27th May 2019 and the video recording is now available.

In his inaugural lecture, Professor John Hickey discussed the convergence of plant and animal breeding and showed how tools, methods, and technologies can be common to both fields and thus create the opportunity for synergy in research, training and implementation.

He argued that by integrating these two fields, disruptive innovations will emerge which will more than double the rates of genetic gain of breeding programs globally thereby, enabling agriculture to play its part in societal and economic development and ensuring the planet is protected.

** The Roslin Institute receives strategic investment funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and it is part of the University of Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. **

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