Now, India gears up to sequence buffalo genome
About 100 scientists who have completed their training in advanced laboratories within and outside the country would be associated with the project.
Buffalo genome sequencing would pave the way for improved breeding of the animal having higher lactation. “Already the knowledge of sequencing rice genome has given us experience and knowledge. We are now confident for developing rice with higher yields and overcoming several biotic and abiotic stresses. Buffalo genome sequencing will help us to develop buffaloes having more meat and lactation,” said Rai.
Buffaloes or Bubalus bubalis are ruminant mammals of the Bovidae familyand are very important dairy and work animal in many countries of Asia.
According to FAO there are more than 170 million buffaloes in some 30 countries ranging from Australia through Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, China, Russia, India, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Turkey and Egypt. Buffaloes are also found in Europe particularly in Italy, Romania and Bulgaria.
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