According to Vladimir Fisinin, First Vice President of the Russian Academy of Agricultural Sciences (RAAS), a gene pool preservation programme needs to be developed in order to help livestock breeding recover from the effects of dangerous viruses like African Swine Fever (ASF).
“We need to take actions like developing a unified gene pool management strategy and creating a network of gene pool agroparks, units, or a transboundary biosphere reserve today in order to prevent repeating the disastrous consequences of the ASF spread. The problem is that there is no legislative, economic, or institutional base in Russia for preserving national genetic resources, and they are saved only through the efforts of motivated scientists, agricultural enterprises, and ordinary citizens,” Mr. Fisinin said.
Researchers at RAAS are already working on creating an animal gene pool preservation programme.
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