Institute for Farm Animal Genetics and Reproduction

(IFAGR)


Prof. Ing. Peter Chrenek, DrSc.  
Head of IFAGR
Phone: 037/6546 285
fax: 037/6546 480
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Ing. Alexander Makarevič, DrSc.
Deputy Head of IFAGR
Phone: 037/6546 334
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Doc. RNDr. Miroslav Bauer, PhD.
Deputy Head of IFAGR
Phone: 037/6546 234
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List of employees of IFAGR

 

Tasks of IFAGR

The institute is engaged in basic and applied research in the field of biotechnologies of farm and laboratory animals that is performed in:

1. Laboratory for embryo technologies

2. Laboratory for molecular biology

3. Radioimmunoassay (RIA) laboratory

4. Laboratory for fluorescent, confocal and electron microscopy

 

Accredited laboratory methods:

1. Laboratories for manipulations with GMO

2. Licensed RIA laboratory

3. Laboratory for embryo evaluation for the purpose of embryo transfer

4. Laboratory for fluorescence, confocal and electron microscopy

 

The main aim of the research team of this institute is creation of the national centre for maintenance and conservation of animal genetic resources (National Gene Bank – NGB). Research activities are aimed at in situ conservation of valuable gene pool, which is important not only from the viewpoint of production but also for non-productive functions, landscape creation, maintenance of traditional breeds, biodiversity conservation in game animals, agro tourism, etc. The National Gene Bank will perform registration, collection, molecular-genetic analysis according to recommendations of ISAG/FAO and ex situ cryopreservation of biological material (spermatozoa, oocytes, embryos, somatic and stem cells, tissues, DNA, etc.) from animal genetic resources.

 

Scientific and research priorities of the institute:

● Manipulations with embryos, spermatozoa and stem cells from farm and laboratory animals (in vitro fertilization, transgenesis, cloning, chimera production)

● Utilisation of magnetic cell separation for improvement of insemination dose quality

● Cryopreservation (freezing) of genetic material (oocytes, spermatozoa, embryos and stem cells) from farm animals, laboratory and genetically modified animals

● Quality evaluation in spermatozoa, embryos and stem cells of farm animals, laboratory and genetically modified animals

● DNA tests of selected genetic markers in relation to quality and production of milk, meat, reproduction properties and health in farm animals

● Study of genetic variability for effective utilisation and protection of gene pool of selected farm animal breeds for the needs of the national gene bank of animal genetic resources:

- preparation of insemination doses of selected (valuable and endangered) breeds and animals as well as their long-term storage

- collection of biological material (embryos, stem cells, somatic cells, blood) for the needs of gene bank

- reciprocal biological samples storage on the basis of an agreement on exchange of biological samples with other gene banks

- collection of DNA samples of required purity and amount for long term storage

● Accredited training centre for undergraduate and post-graduate students

 
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