This project aims to establish banks (Gene banks) which preserve animal genetic resources, to start characterization of endemic domestic animal species to use gained knowledge in registration studies, to build national researcher capacity in animal genetics and biotechnology areas and to combine and disseminate knowledge. These banks would guarantee not just five years, a hundred years of our country. Samples from 1500 animals belong to total 5 species would be preserved.
Turkey is one of the unique country in the world from the stand point of genetic resources and biodiversity. Unfortunately human activities such as habitat destruction and over-hunting are increasing the rate of extinction of valuable species. Increasing concerns has been expressed among turkish scientific councils (TUBITAK, TUBA, TAGEM, Ministry of Agriculture, universities and private associations) as valuable breeds are disappearing at an alarming rate. This project aims:.