Biological Resource Centers for domestic animals

CRB-Anim brings together the Biological Resource Centers (BRCs) that manage genomic or reproductive resources for domesticated animal species bred in France and their wild relatives (mammals, birds, fish, shellfish, etc.).

It concerns animals for breeding or companionship, in partnership with breeders' associations or selection companies. It supports research into genetic diversity, breeding and biomedical models.

CRB-Anim is the animal pillar of the RARe national research infrastructure.

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03 October 2023

Redaction: P. Huan

CRB-Anim took part in the EuroFAANG research school "Inovative cellular models for animal science" from September 11 to 15, 2023 at the INRAE center in Jouy-en-Josas.

This summer school "Supporting the 3Rs (replacement, reduction and refinement) through the use of organoids" was organized as part of the European EuroFAANG project, in which CRB-Anim is participating for the biobanking part with its animal biological resources and associated data.

02 October 2023

Redaction: G. Restoux - Edition P. Huan

The local breeds of French hens: a resource to be conserved

The many local breeds of French chickens constitute an important reservoir of neutral and adaptive diversity. They are generally free-range and territory-associated, and thus potentially adapted to a wide range of environmental conditions, which can be useful for coping with global warming and making the agroecological transition.
Genetic diversity is the genetic variability between individuals in the same population or between populations. In the case of livestock, breeds are often equated with populations, and the diversity they contain is essential for their evolution and adaptation. However, breeding is about selecting the best individuals and therefore does not maintain the full diversity of animals. However, it is possible to freeze semen from bulls to preserve it and potentially use it later.
At the Council Meeting, held in Paris on August 9, 2022, during the XXVI World’s Poultry Conference, the position of President of the World’s Poultry Science Association was officially passed from Pr Ning Yang of China to Dr Michèle Tixier-Boichard from France.
@Anais Vitorino Carvalho
Numerous markers are available to assess male fertility in birds, opening new perspectives in agronomic research and conservation biology. New molecular approaches are being developed to better characterize spermatozoa, with the hope of discovering new tools to assess individual fertility. Research on male fertility is also of interest in a very specific field: cryopreservation, a process that allows cells to be preserved at very low temperatures.