Genome Sequencing in Sheep
Engaging shepherds to identify genomic changes responsible for color variation in sheep
The commercial wool market has long devalued non-white wool, but the growing hand-spinning market places a premium on wool of various shades and colors. This market opportunity is a boon for producers who would ordinarily receive pennies per pound for non-white wool. But, because of the historical focus on white wool, very little is known about the genes responsible for various non-white color differences observed in sheep. Christian Posbergh is working with shepherds to select animals for whole genome sequencing and to identify the DNA mutations responsible for specific patterns and colors. This project will provide a greater understanding of genomic control of coat color in sheep, giving shepherds the tools they need to breed for more profitable colors.
- Graduate student: Christian Posbergh, animal science
- Special committee chair: Heather Huson, Department of Animal Science
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
- Community partner: Tawanda Farms
- Community partner: Peeper Hollow Farm
- Community partner: Connecticut Sheep Breeders Association
- Community partner: Oak Creek Farm
- Community partner: Yetter’s Knoll Farm
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