In vitro embryo production and genomic selection harnessing Danish elite cattle breeding

Project Details


The overarching goal is to create added value and competitiveness in Danish dairy breeding and production by implementing novel breeding strategies resulting in reduced methane-emission and improved resilience. The focus is the Holstein breed, which covers far the majority of the competitive world dairy market, and in which Denmark has great advantages in breeding and data registration. EliteOva covers the full value chain from embryo production and genomic selection, bioinformatics, systems biology to implementation of the resulting genomic resources in dairy production.
This goal will be achieved by implementing in vitro production (IVP) and genomic selection of elite embryos. The results from selection of embryos for lower methane emission and resilience will materialize after the conclusion of the project, but this will have enormous marketing potential for sales of semen and embryos and promote Danish dairy industry as such as these parameters have increasing focus in the western countries. Finally, the consortium will use EliteOva as an asset in attracting additional funding.
Effective start/end date01/01/201801/12/2022


  • Innovation Fund Denmark


  • In Vitro Fertilization
  • Cattle Embryos
  • Genomics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Genomic selection
  • Systems biology
  • Cattle breeding


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