Innovative Management of Animal Genetic Resources (IMAGE)


Innovative Management of Animal Genetic Resources (acronym IMAGE) is a project funded by the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program of the European Union.

The aim of IMAGE is to enhance the use of genetic collections and to upgrade animal gene bank management. IMAGE has developed genomic methodologies, biotechnologies, and bioinformatics tools for a better knowledge and exploitation of animal genetic resources.

The project started in March, 2016, and involves 28 partners, including 3 SMEs, 3 NGOs, 9 research institutions, 11 higher education and research institutions and INRA Transfert (a subsidiary of INRA). In total, these partners represent 14 European countries, and 4 non-European countries (Argentina Colombia, Egypt and Morocco).  IMAGE is coordinated by Dr. Michèle Tixier-Boichard from INRA.

Through its activities, IMAGE has resulted in:

  • 25 publications in peer-reviewed international journals
  • an assessment regarding the organization and operational procedures of European genebanks
  • development of bioinformatics tools that allow to optimize genetic diversity within a population
  • a web-portal and database for genebanks
  • post-graduate training within Europe
  • capacity building programs to enhance management of genetic diversity and conservation programmes in third countries

The Laboratory of Animal Genetic Resources lead by Prof. Dr. Luís Telo da Gama, has been the representative of Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Lisbon (ULisboa) in this large consortia, leading the workpackage on “Outreach and dissemination”. Prof. Dr. Luís Telo da Gama has been especially engaged along with other IMAGE experts in organizing and teaching activities in third countries, with the goal of recognizing and preserving local animal genetic resources.

IMAGE will organize a final meeting on February 5 in Madrid, attendance is free of charge but we kindly ask you to REGISTER


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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 677353.

This article reflects only the view of Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Lisbon (ULisboa). Neither the European Commission nor its Agency REA are responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.



Prof. Dr. Luís Telo da Gama