|Principal Investigator (Affiliation)||
|Research Institutions in Japan||National Institute of Genetics / Kyoto University / The University of Tokyo|
|Cooperating Organization in Japan|
|Partner Country||Republic of Ghana|
|Research Institutions in Ghana|
|Cooperating organization in Ghana||University of Ghana / NGO GIfT|
|General Description of the Research Project||This study establishes a breeding platform for domestication of wild herbivorous giant rodent grasscutters that are edible in West African countries. Through this, we aim to create a new livestock industry in the future, protect the environment and ensure a safe diet.
Locally, wild grasscutters are traded at high prices, causing problems such as overfishing, burning bushes for capture, and the risk of infectious diseases. For this reason, domestication of grasscutters is required, but breeding of wild individuals is not easy. Therefore, in this study, we apply the domestication method by selective breeding developed using mice and establish the foundation for promoting domestication of glasscutters.
First, in cooperation with the University of Ghana, a new wild individual will be purchased and bred in the university farm, and the behavioral livestock index will be analyzed using a newly established method. Furthermore, the genome sequence of each individual is decoded, and the gene polymorphism is analyzed. These studies reveal the genetic and behavioral diversity required for domestication.
Mouse Genomics Resource Laboratory (MGRL)
Ghana Grasscutter Project
|Project Updates||(2021/5/7) Research News|