Livestock board to collaborate with IISER | Thiruvananthapuram News

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala livestock development board (KLDB) has joined hands with the Indian institute of science education and research (IISER) to promote the cooperation for the advancement of livestock breeding, genomic selection, research and educational exchange between both the organizations.
Minister for animal husbandry J Chinchurani said the state government is aiming to produce more disease-resistant cattle without compromising in the milk production in its efforts towards attaining self-sufficiency or even surplus milk production in the state.
For this, such collaborations will be useful because the cattle are now to be made more adaptable to resource poor situations and also to the predicted climate change issues.
While speaking on the occasion J N Moorthy, director of IISER, said the organisation is happy to enter into such scientific collaborative ventures for improving the productivity and disease resistant abilities of cattle in the state by modifying the genetic structure in a favourable way best suited to the situations and the requirements of the farming community.
Jose James, managing director of KLDB, said cutting edge technologies will be put to use in the research project, utilizing the world class infrastructure available with the IISER.
Collection of samples, processing, isolation of DNA, etc shall be done by the KLDB. The IISER will arrange for the genome sequencing and associated works and also provide expertise in processing the data and analysis.
The minister also visited the sophisticated instrumentation facilities of IISER, including the specific pathogen-free animal house at IISER.

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