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CA.RA.VA.N -  Toward a CAmel tRAnsnational VAlue chaiN



Juan Vicente Delgado, Universidad de Córdoba ; Spain

  • Sonia Bedhiaf-Romdhani, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique de Tunisie ; Tunisia

  • Semir Bechir Suheil Gaouar, Université de Tlemcen ; Algeria

  • Ismaïl Boujenane, Institut Agronomique & Vétérinaire Hassan II ; Morocco

  • Françoise Berthier, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA) ; France

  • Corinne Teyssier, UMR QualiSud ; France

  • Grazia Valentino, Consiglio per la ricerca in agricoltura e l'analisi dell'economia agraria ; Italy

  • Elena Ciani, Università degli Studi di Bari "Aldo Moro"; Italy



  • Mohamed Ould Ahmed, Institut Supérieur d'Enseignement Technologique de Rosso; Mauritania

  • Mohammed Bengoumi, FAO Subregional Office for North Africa; Tunisia

  • Pamela Burger, Vetmeduni; Austria


camels, genomics, meat, milk, training


Here, we propose an applied project where the foundations for a modern, effective genetic selection scheme in dromedary camels in Alge-ria are laid down through: (i) standardization of dairy/meat/fertility traits phenotyping protocols; (ii) evaluation and standardization of camel identification systems; (iii) implementation of standardized animal identification and phenotyping protocols in pilot farms, and (iv) establish-ment of a first genealogical, phenotypic and genotypic database for further valorization through detection of selection signatures, GWAS analysis, and, possibly, modelling of simple and robust embryonic design for genomic selection approaches. Among the expected impacts: increased milk/meat production, higher profitability of the camel sector, more structured and enforced breeders associations.










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