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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2019-11-01 - 2022-10-31

Genomic Selection (GS) has become a promising tool for enhancing gain by selection in plant and animal breeding. Still unsolved challenges remain, particularly to deal with disease resistance traits that are simultaneously governed by large effect, often epistatic genes and small effect, additive genes. Standard GS handles additive effects well, but has difficulties with epistatic gene effects. That is the core idea behind this project. By taking wheat as a case, we will apply our concept of intelligent genomic selection to two of the most devastating plant diseases affecting European wheat production - FHB and stripe rust. An interdisciplinary research environment will be sought by combining world-leading expertise in statistical modeling with leading groups in plant genomics and plant pathology and active collaboration with plant breeding companies. The project will as well provide training of postdocs and PhD students.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2019-01-01 - 2022-12-31

Development on 100% bio-based NFC regarding formulations (e.g. fiber types) and processing (e.g. injection moulding and extrusion are in the focus) will be continued. Processes for the post-treatment of moulded parts by brushing, painting, coating, printing will be further evaluated. Extension of the permanent accompanying literature study with reference to new bioplastics and production of filaments for 3D printing.

Dietary protein reduction in combination with simultaneous supply of limiting amino acids reduces environmental load with nitrogen and helps to save feeding costs. To take full advantage of low protein diets, the energy supply must also be taken into account. With high protein diets, excess absorbed amino acids are converted into nitrogenous waste which is excreted through urine and faeces into the environment. The goal of the present study is to investigate the effect of a crude protein reduction under different energy levels with consideration of the ideal-protein on zootechnical and slaughter performance, as well as carcass characteristic parameters of fattening pigs.

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