Dr. Tricia Johnson, from AgResearch Invermay, will give a CGIL Seminar on Tuesday, May 2nd at 11am.
Dr. Johnson is a Senior Scientist with the Animal Genomics Team at AgResearch Invermay, based near Dunedin, New Zealand. In her role she works closely with New Zealand sheep breeders. She has specialised in the development of data sets to investigate genetic variation in new traits that although identified as being of importance to the New Zealand sheep industry, have previously been considered too expensive or hard to measure. Examples of such traits include meat yield, meat quality, and more recently feed efficiency. Her research is carried out using animals sourced from within breeders' flocks or the national Central Progeny Test which means that all animals are also genotyped. An additional aim of her research, therefore, is identification of specific DNA markers, or enabling genomic selection to allow increased genetic progress for these hard to measure traits. In cases where markers or genomic selection are not yet possible, more traditional breeding values are generated. Her seminar will cover aspects of her previous and current research together with some forward thinking towards the next traits she is set to tackle. She will also summarise the key research programmes of others in the AgResearch Animal Genomics team.
This Tuesday, Tricia will give us a talk entitled: “Genetic improvement in the New Zealand sheep industry – tackling the 'difficult to measure traits'".
As usual, we will also be making this seminar available remotely from room 141 using Fuze. If you wish to attend remotely follow this link: https://www.fuzemeeting.com/fuze/18bc389a/31625830. The room will be ready for connecting at around 10:30pm. Please connect before 10:55 if you plan to do so. Meeting ID is 316-25-830 for those who already have the Fuze client installed which is preferred.
Please mute your mic and cam for the presentation itself. You can unmute the mic and optionally cam if you want to speak to the room.
I look forward to seeing each of you on Friday,
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