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2020.05.11 | Grant

Artificial intelligence to make cows more feed efficient and climate friendly

Innovation Fund Denmark has invested close to 15 million DKK in a new research project led by VikingGenetics. Researchers from Center for Quantitative Genetics and Genomics (QGG) participate in the project with knowledge and resources within feed efficiency and genetics.

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2020.04.24 | Grant

Danish plant species to prevent drought loss for billions

Researchers from Center for Quantitative Genetics and Genomics (QGG) are participating in a new project that aims to develop more drought resistant crops that will prevent farmers’ economic loss.

2020.02.24 | Faculty of Technical Sciences

QGG becomes an independent center under the new Faculty of Technical Sciences

In connection with the formation of the new Faculty of Technical Sciences, the Center for Quantitative Genetics and Genomics (QGG), which has previously been part of the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, will be reclassified as a department-like centre.

Photo: Jette Odgaard Villemoes

2019.10.16 | Research

New improvement methods for barley and wheat give high yield, better disease resistance and high grain quality

New research finds that genomic selection is highly efficient in the improvement of barley and wheat.

2019.10.09 | Research

New knowledge is pivotal for the development of personalised medicine

A study of fruit flies has given researchers from Center for Quantitative Genetics and Genomics at Aarhus University and their collaboration partners at Aalborg University new knowledge on how gene mapping also can be used to predict the response on a given treatment, and with it the possibility of personalised medicine.

Photo: Lars Kruse

2019.02.27 | Research

Both the climate and farm economy can come out on top

Senior researcher at QGG, Peter Løvendahl, is the leading author of a scientific article which concludes that with the aid of low-cost, high-capacity recording methods, dairy cattle farmers can reduce the amount of greenhouse gases that their cows burp, while at the same time improving the animals’ feed efficiency.

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2018.12.17 | Research

Methane from cow burps can be reduced by a two-front approach

Combing a cow’s own genetics with strategies that target changes in her rumen flora may be able to reduce methane emissions more effectively than by only selecting for low methane-emitting cows.

2018.12.07 | Grant

Huge economic potential in a better use of cross breeding in dairy cattle

The research project DairyCross, which recently received a large grant from GUDP, has a clear objective of increasing the percentage of Danish crossbred cows from 10 to 50 percent in 2025. (External article in Danish)

Graphical representation of the three contributing mechanisms assumed to cause drug response variability. Mechanism 1: A set of disease associated genetic variants are decisive for the risk of developing the disease, and the response to drug treatment varies among cases as a consequence of genetic variation in genes in e.g. drug metabolic pathways. Consequently, the rate and amount at which the body absorbs drugs varies among cases leading to variation in drug response, hence, the disease and drug response phenotypes are effectively two traits that genetically are uncoupled. Mechanism 2: The drug response variability is a consequence of variability in the disease per se, i.e. there are disease heterogeneity among the cases, which results in differences in response to treatment. The disease heterogeneity is not a result of genetic variation among the cases, but due to different lifestyle choices, different environmental exposures, and different genetic risks for correlated diseases. Mechanism 3: Heterogeneity in the associated genetic variants that causes the same disease results in variation in how individuals respond to the same medical treatment.

2018.11.23 | Grant

The personalised medicine

A new research project will be studying the genetic basis of why individuals with the same diagnosis respond differently to the same medicine. The research results can contribute to personalised medicine in the future, based on our unique genetic profile. Medicine with more effect and less side effects.

2018.09.20 | News for employees

New visiting researcher at QGG: Sirous Eydivandi

Sirous will be working with Goutam Sahana, and will be here for 1 year.

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Thu 16 Apr
10:00-11:30 | Aathus University, Foulum (meeting room M2)
THE MEETING IS POSTPONED! Meeting in Foulum on Horizon Europe
On April 16 (NEW DATE TBA!), the AU Research Support Office and Central Denmark EU Office will come to Aarhus University in Foulum for an information meeting about Horizon Europe, which will replace Horizon 2020. Come and hear what the new programme can do for your research.
Mon 24 Feb
08:00-17:00 | Herning, Denmark
SEGES Cattle Congress
The Cattle Congress is the annual gathering for cattle farmers, researchers, decision makers and professional organisations in and around the cattle industry.
Tue 14 Jan
08:00-17:00 | Herning, Denmark
SEGES Plant Congress
The congress on plant production, nature, environment, and management is the largest of its kind in Scandinavia.
Sat 11 Jan
08:00-17:00 | San Diego, CA, USA
International Plant & Animal Genome XXVIII
The Plant and Animal Genome XXVIII Conference (PAG) is designed to provide a forum on recent developments and future plans for plant and animal genome projects.
Fri 08 Nov
09:30-12:30 | Auditorium, AU Foulum
PhD defence
On Friday 8 November, PhD student at Wageningen Institute of Animal Sciences (WIAS) and MBG-QGG Foulum, Thinh Tuan Chu, is defending his PhD thesis entitled 'Genotype by environment interactions in poultry breeding programs'. The PhD thesis is completed under the European Erasmus Joint Doctorate Program “EGS-ABG”.
Thu 07 Nov
10:00-13:00 | Aarhus University, Foulum
PhD defence
On Thursday 7 November, PhD student at the Institute for Animal Science and MBG-QGG Foulum, Dana Olijhoek, is defending her PhD thesis entitled 'Enteric methane production and residual feed intake of dairy cows - Nutritional and phenotypic perspectives'.
Wed 06 Nov
10:00-16:30 | Brussels, Belgium
Animal Task Force seminar and workshop
The ATF seminar would like to engage discussion with farmers, industries, scientists, policy makers and with the society. It is a follow up of the EAAP & ATF Special Session held during the EAAP Annual Meeting.
Wed 30 Oct
09:15-10:00 | Campus Aarhus, iNano Auditorium, building 1593-012
MBG FOCUS TALK - Gene mapping and genomic prediction with GxG and GxE interactions
Luc Janss, PhD and senior researcher at QGG, is giving a talk at MBG at campus Aarhus.
Tue 22 Oct
08:00-18:00 | Herning, Danmark
SEGES Pig Congress
The Congress focuses on professional progress, future possibilities for development and current recommendations for the pig producers.
Tue 17 Sep
10:00-13:00 | Meeting room 2, Aarhus University, Foulum
PhD defence
On Tuesday 17 September, PhD student at MBG-QGG Foulum and INRA AgroParisTech, Md Mesbah Uddin, is defending his PhD thesis entitled 'Identification of causal factors for recessive lethals in dairy cattle with special focus on large chromosomal deletions'.

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