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“FROM THE CLIP TO THE CLOTH" - 9.World Congress of Coloured Sheep and wool processing

The 9. World Congress of Coloured Sheep will be organized by "Consorzio Biella - the Wool Company" (see picture) in Biella, Italy. For centuries wool has been manufactured here, and today, it is renowned all over the world for being the center for high quality wool processing. There will be one day of presentations and discussions, followed by a half day visit of the wool collection, processing and promotion center in Miagliano. The participants will have the opportunity to show their products, posters and projects. Furthermore also visits to local factories to see the whole processing system will take place. It will be possible to purchase items from the factory stores. The entire congress will last for three days and the congress language will be English. Additionally,there will be a post congress tour of Northern and Western Italy. Registration ends in November 31! Register soon!!

Innovations and Ethical Issues for the Cryoconservation of Animal Genetic Resources

Ethical questions in research must be answered when living material is exchanged or during experimental laboratory work. Gene bank conservation in particular, is subject to far more ethical aspects: What are the criteria for selecting animals or breeds? Which methods of obtaining breeding material are ethically acceptable? Who decides and who pays? Are in situ and ex situ conservation complementary methods or are there conflicting goals? Within the framework of the Horizon 2020 project IMAGE Innovative Management of Animal Genetic resources, the opinions of the stakeholders in the conservation scene should be obtained. Therefore, in addition to an overview of the status of the IMAGE project, these ethical aspects were discussed at the SAVE-DAGENE meeting that took place in Kozard, Hungary, on 24t-27t June 2018. Thereafter, participants were asked to complete a questionnaire asking for their opinion. The described ethical aspects of the ex situ conservation will be explained within the framework of the project at as many conferences and events as possible and opinions will be collected by questionnaire. The goal is to create the broadest possible opinion of stakeholders in conservation work, while at the same time awareness of ethics in conservation shall be promoted. The survey was completed by 30 participants. The evaluation of the surveys is running yet and the results will be published on

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