6 March 2019
A molecular-genetic laboratory was opened on the base of Innovation center «Biruch-NT»
6 March 2019, Belgorod region, Russia – The Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation assigned to Innovation center «Biruch-NT» (R&D center of EFKO Group) a status of the laboratory of molecular-genetic expertise.
In 2018 there were over 17 889 studies on carrier of genes of useful qualities: beta- and kappa-casein. For the moment, it is the largest research on cattle number in Russia.
The results of the studies can become a base for increasing of milk production economic efficiency. In particular, milk with an increased content of kappa-casein protein – this protein is necessary for production of cheese. Output of the cheese with the use of such milk in comparison to the usual milk raises by 12,5% on average. It influences on economic efficiency of cheese production.
More extensive researches will allow to solve one more problem: a lack of quality milk for producers of baby food. Thanks to the study on dairy cows, it is possible to identify the most valuable animals and realize a targeted selection.
The Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation highly appreciated the work of employees of Innovation center «Biruch-NT» (R&D center of EFKO Group). As a result, the center got an official certificate on registration in the state breeding register.
For the moment, scientists of the R&D center have completed the development and approbation of methods of identification of different genetic diseases that lead to reduction of herd reproduction. For some agro-holdings this problem is crucial because veterinary services are not always able to identify quickly the reason and waste their resources on hardly promising animals.
Today the laboratory of molecular-genetic expertise of EFKO Group’s R&D center offers its partners and clients to perform a genotyping of cows on monogenic diseases. In addition, it’s becoming possible to introduce genomic selection to study several hundred important genetic markers located all over the genome of the animal. On that ground, there is an opportunity to select the best animals of the herd at the earliest stage of the live – immediately after the birth.
«Thanks to the development of genomic technologies we explore many genes that are able to influence positively or negatively which affects directly economic activity of milk producers. Our knowledge in this sector is constantly widening and laboratory workers will further discover genetic potential of animals», - Irina Tarasova, CEO of Innovation center «Biruch-NT», notes.