Animal Breeding and Genetics

Animal breeding aims at a well-designed and targeted development of farm animal populations, so that it is possible to produce animal products with healthy animals under the expected conditions while meeting the economic requirements.

Changes in the external conditions, new technologies and methodological progress cause a permanent need for research and development. The Animal Breeding and Genetics Group in the Department of Animal Sciences provides innovative contributions to the advances in scientific animal breeding. Our research is done in collaboration with leading scientific groups and industrial partners on the national and international level.

Our main research areas are:

1. Design and optimization of breeding programmes

2. Breeding to improve functional traits in farm animals

3. Development of breeding methodology in the genomic era

4. Genetic diversity and population genomics

5. Responsibility for the breeding of the Goettingen Minipig™

We also provide scientific support and consultation services to industry, politics and administration. This is reflected by a variety of collaborative projects to solve specific problems of practical relevance and the involvement of group members in numerous consultation and working groups.

The group also is active in teaching on all levels (Bachelor, Master, PhD). Besides the basic courses we offer advanced courses on quantitative genetics, statistical genetics and design of breeding programmes (partly in English).


Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Abteilung Tierzucht und Haustiergenetik
Albrecht-Thaer-Weg 3
37075 Göttingen
Tel.: (0551) 39-26656
Fax: (0551) 39-5587