Flavio Schenkel

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Enhancing resistance to ketosis through genomics

2017/18-2019/20 • $121,200 • PI,CO
High-yielding dairy cattle are susceptible to ketosis, a metabolic disease, which negatively affects the health, fertility and production of the cow. As a health trait, ketosis-resistance is difficult to improve genetically due to its polygenic nature, fuzzy phenotypes and unfavorable genetic...

Use of-omics technologies toward profitability and beef consumers' satisfaction

2017/18-2018/19 • $279,900 • PI,CO
Canadian beef producers have a tremendous opportunity to meet the increasing global demand for high quality animal protein products. However, high feed costs and inconsistent quality remain significant challenges. Research has been underway towards addressing these challenges through the use of...

Genetic and genomic approaches to improve dairy health, food quality and farm profitability through enhanced immune response

2014/15-2017/18 • $521,850 • PI,CO
Accurate and systematic recording of on-farm disease is subject to many environmental factors, including data recording practices, herd management and pathogen exposure. As a result, the heritability of disease traits is quite low, generally below 5%. Immune response (IR) traits, on the other...

Genetic improvement of Canadian lamb carcass yield, quality and growth traits

2016/17-2017/18 • $70,000 • PI,CO
In the Canadian lamb industry, carcass yield and quality traits are of considerable importance because these relate directly supply chain production efficiency, economic profitability and consumer choice of domestic products. However, a large-scale evaluation of commercial performance and...

Computing hardware for big data editing, storage, and analysis

2015/16 • $149,135 • PI,CO
<p>The big data era of research has caused an avalanche of data that has buried the current computer storage and processing technology in the Department of Animal Biosciences (formerly Department of Animal and Poultry Science) at University of Guelph. The ever-increasing processing of data has...

Genetic markers associated with high and low immune response phenotypes and its implication for disease

2012/13-2014/15 • $154,000 • PI,CO
Recording of on-farm disease occurence of dairy cattle is subject to many environmental factors, including data recording practises, herd management and pathogen exposure. As a result the heritability of disease traits are quite low, generally below 0.10. Immune response (IR) traits, on the...

Genetic analysis of milk spectral data to develop management and selection tools to improve the nutraceutical properties of milk

2011/12-2014/15 • $117,900 • PI,CO
Milk laboratories quantify major milk components such as fat or protein using mid-infrared (MIR) spectrometry. These predictions are used for milk payments as well as for animal performances recording. All these predictions are based on the same initial data, the MIR spectrum, which represents...

Genetic analysis of Spastic Syndrome in Holstein Cattle

2011/12-2013/14 • $63,111 • PI,CO
Spastic syndrome is a chronic, progressive, painful, and eventually fatal disorder of adult cattle that ischaracterized by intermittent spasms of the extensor and abductor muscles of one or both hind limbs,particularly upon rising, eventually spreading to include all muscle groups. The syndrome...

Applied Genetic and Epigenetic Influences on High and Low Immune Responder Phenotypes of Dairy Cattle

2010/11-2011/12 • $78,500 • PI,CO
The immune system is designed to control infectious disease and it is therefore reasonable to expect that high immune responders will have health advantages compared to low responders. Food-producing animals with enhanced immune responses (IR) should have reduced risk of disease, require less...

Development of national genetic evaluation for disease resistance

2010/11-2011/12 • $58,700 • PI,CO
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Implementation of genomic selection in Canadian coloured dairy breeds

2010/11 • $46,988 • PI,CO
Genomic selection involves the use of dense marker maps of the genome and the application of statistical models to simultaneously estimate the effects of small chromosome segments linked to the markers, The estimates can be used to evaluate the genetic merit of an animal through agenomic...