University of Bern — Cage-free Layer Hen Genetics

University of Bern
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To support the work of Michael Toscano's laboratory.

Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $2,700,000 over five years to the University of Bern to support the work of Michael Toscano’s laboratory. Toscano and his colleagues aim to improve cage-free hen genetics by:

  • Phenotyping four of the most popular layer hen strains in cage-free conditions (they are currently bred only in cages).
  • Identifying genetic markers associated with positive welfare traits (for example, lower rates of keel bone fractures).
  • Working with two large genetics firms to help them integrate these traits into their breeding programs.

This falls within Open Philanthropy’s focus area of farm animal welfare.

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