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Animal Section

The Animal Section conducts exploration, collection, characterization, preservation, and distribution services focusing on animal genetic resources raised in Japan with the National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences acting as the Central Bank and with the following Sub-banks: the National Institute of Livestock and Grassland Science and the National Institute of Animal Health of the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization; the National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences; and the National Livestock Breeding Center. The animals covered are the following 5 groups.

  • horse
  • pig
  • goat
  • rabbit
  • silkworm

The Animal Section has been dispatching both domestic and overseas exploration teams every year and making efforts to survey the distributions and variations of livestock animals as well as to collect versatile genetic resources. The total number of newly registered animal genetic resources amounts to over 10 items per year, including items obtained by exchanges with domestic and overseas research institutes. Some of the activities of these exploratory collections are made open to the public in the Survey Report on Animal Genetic Resources [ja].