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Minister Sargent announces details of funding under the Genetic Resources Grant Aid Scheme

Trevor Sargent TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food today announced funding of almost €150,000 for 12 projects involved in the conservation of animal and plant genetic resources.

He stated that Department's Genetic Resources Grant Aid Scheme, which has been in place since 1996, has an annual call for projects from interested parties to support conservation and sustainable utilisation in genetic resources. With limited resources the grant aid scheme has been in a position since its inception to provide funding for a range of activities that includes practical hands-on conservation, education, awareness, internationally recognised research and collaboration with European and other international partners in the field of plant and animal genetic resources.

He stated that all the projects that are funded will further strengthen our national aspirations for progress within specific areas of genetic resources in Ireland. The effects of the grant aid are far reaching and it is hoped that they will continue to play a vitally important role in fulfilling our international obligations in relation to the conservation of plant and animal genetic resources.

Details of the projects assisted are provided below.

Appendix: Funding of the Genetic Resources Grant Aid Scheme 2009

Project Name Organisation Grant amount
Characterisation of the Dexter Cattle Breed in Ireland and other Countries University College Dublin €32,538
The Kerry Bog Pony - Back from the Brink Kerry Bog Pony Society €9,000
DNA typing of the Kerry Herd Kerry Cattle Society €5,000
A high resolution survey of genome diversity in the Galway sheep breed University College Dublin €24,500
Transport Subsidy to broaden the breeding base within the Kerry Bog Pony Population Kerry Bog Pony Society €2,000
Conservation, Study and Improvement of Irish Strains of Dark European Honeybee Galtee Bee Breeding Group €5,900
Conservation of Selected Native Cherry Coillte €12,600
The production of a priority list of crop wild relatives for Ireland Genetic Heritage Ireland €15,664
The collection of landrace material of cereals traditionally used in the thatching of roofs Genetic Heritage Ireland €16,082
Conservation of Irish Willows Teagasc €3,800
Assessing the Diversity and relationships among resistant Irish Brassica species Dublin Institute of Technology €17,109
Characterisation of Cereals held in the DAFF Backweston genebank Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food €5,000

 €149,193

Date Released: 24 March 2009