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The National Institute of Agronomic Research in Morocco INRA-Morocco organizes a 4-day course, in the framework of the EU Horizon 2020 project IMAGE

4 days - Tuesday 21th until Friday 24th January 2020 + 1 day optional pleasure trip on Saturday 25th January 2020 - Beni Mellal city, Morocco

4-day course
Biobanking for a sustainable management of Farm Animal Genetic Resources (FAnGR): novel approaches in genomics, reproductive technologies, and economics.

The National Institute of Agronomic Research in Morocco INRA-Morocco organizes a 4-day course, in the framework of the EU Horizon 2020 project IMAGE. This event will follow the 1-day workshop that will be organized within IMAGE project with Moroccan decision-makers and stakeholders.

Aim: Give an update on the role of biobanking for sustainable management of farm animal genetic resources (FAnGR) with a focus on the use of novel methods in genomics, reproduction, economics and the possibility to carry out practical cases of interest to participants.

Date:  21-24 January 2020

Location: Beni Mellal city, Morocco

Level: postgraduate (experience with Unix and SNP data is preferred. Laptops required for the exercises)

Language: French & English

Infos, agenda & pre-registration not later than December 20, 2019: here (the form can be filled in French also) 

Learning goals

  • How to assess neutral and adaptive genetic diversity in the era of whole-genome data? 
  • How to effectively conceive and manage efficient genebanks? 
  • How could the use of cryo-conserved material help to restore profitable traits? 
  • Can we facilitate the effective use of gene bank samples in breeding by novel genome-assisted methods and tools? 
  • How to sustainably manage indigenous populations?

Course content

  • Assessment of genomic diversity
  • Progress in genotyping
  • Adaptive/productive introgression
  • Functional genomics
  • Economic assessment of conservation 
  • Conservation strategies
  • Conception and use of animal genebanks
  • Sustainable Management of livestock populations
  • Legal issues
  • Practical exercises

Confirmed lecturers

  • Michèle Tixier-Boichard (INRA France)
  • Badr Benjelloun (INRA Morocco)
  • Sipke-Joost Hiemstra (Wageningen University & Research)
  • Dominic Moran (Edinburg Univ.)
  • Julie Demars (INRA France)
  • Gwendal Restoux (INRA France)
  • Philippe Monget (INRA France) 
  • Bouchra ElAmiri (INRA Morocco)
  • Jack Windig, (Wageningen University & Research)

Organizing committee (workshop & training)

  • Abdelmajid Bechchari (INRA Morocco)
  • Abdessamad Ouhrouch (INRA Morocco/USMS Beni Mellal)
  • Badr Benjelloun (INRA Morocco)
  • Bassou Bouazzama (INRA Morocco)
  • Bouchra El Amiri (INRA Morocco)
  • Fatima Ezzahra Labdidi (INRA Morocco/USMS Beni Mellal)
  • Fouad Elame (INRA Morocco)
  • Hayat Lionboui (INRA Morocco)
  • Ichrak Hayah (UMV Rabat/INRA Morocco)
  • Imane Thami Alami (INRA Morocco)
  • Kaoutar Elfazazi (INRA Morocco)
  • Marouane Jbilou (INRA Morocco)
  • Michèle Tixier-Boichard (INRA France)
  • Mohammed BenBati (INRA Morocco)
  • Mouad Chentouf (INRA Morocco)
  • Moussa El Fadili (INRA Morocco)
  • Mustapha Ibnelbachyr (INRA Morocco)
  • Otman Sebbata (INRA Morocco)
  • Paul Boettcher (FAO)
  • Reddad Tirazi (INRA Morocco)
  • Samir Fakhour (INRA Morocco)
  • Sipke-Joost Hiemstra (Wageningen Univ. & Research)
  • Tarik Benabdelouahab (INRA Morocco)

We will have slots for poster sessions during the 1-day workshop and the training. People applying for the training may optionally submit their abstracts related to the topics of the events using the email address A book of abstracts will be edited for the training.

If you have further questions please check this link.