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Department of Animal Genetics and Breeding


Department of Animal Genetics and Breeding

The related discipline of Animal Genetics and Breeding (AGB) existed since the setup of Huazhong Agriculture College (the predecessor of Huazhong Agricultural University) in 1952, the teaching and research section of AGB of College of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary was built in 1995, and DAGB was officially set up in 2002. The new DAGB was established through the combination of the original Department of Animal Science and Technology (DAST) and the original DAGB in Oct. 2015 and the team power was strengthened further. At present, the new DAGB has 22 people including 14 professors, 6 associate professors and 2 lecturers. Of them, 1 academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, 1 National Science Found for Distinguished Young Scholars, 1 person of the Award for National Woman Youth Scientists and National Young Science and Technology Award, 1 person of“the Thousand Talents Plan, 1 obtainer of Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University of Ministry of Education of China, 1 Chutian Scholar of Hubei Province and 3 obtainers of Science Found for Distinguished Young Scholars of Hubei Province.

DAGB has the National Key Discipline of Animal Genetics, Breeding and Reproduction, which is also the Preponderant Discipline of the University of Hubei Province and the Post discipline of Chutian Scholar Plan. It has set up professional practical teaching team related animal science, which is occupied in the work for AGB, especially pig breeding. DAGB undertakes 13 courses of undergraduate students and 15 courses of graduate students, such as General Genetics, Livestock Breeding, Molecular Biology, Biostatistics and Experimental Design, Swine Production and Advance in Modern Animal Science and Technology. In the long- term teaching practice, the teaching team gradually comes into being 5 stabilization and distinctive teaching and research groups: Animal Genetics, Livestock Breeding, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Animal Molecular Biology and Biotechnology and Swine Production. 4 teaching materials were edited in chief, such as Livestock Breeding, Animal Molecular Biology, Animal Biotechnology and Introduction to animal husbandry. 1 piece of the First Prize for Teaching Research Achievements of Hubei Province and 1 piece of the Second Prize for the National Teaching Research Achievements were obtained.

DAGB focus on the construction of the National Key discipline of Animal Genetics, Breeding and Reproduction, rely on the National Livestock Engineering and Technological Research Center, the Key lab of Animal Genetics, Breeding and Reproduction of Ministry of Education and the Key Lab of Pig Genetic improvement of Ministry of Agriculture, collaborate with leading enterprise of modern livestock and poultry breeding and production to be as the teaching practice base. During the 12th Five-Year Plan, more than 140 projects were acquired, including “973”, “863”, National Natural Science Foundation of China and so on and the Projects funding exceeded 80.0 million Chinese Yuan. More than 200 SCI papers were published and 100 plus of international or national patents were authorized. 2 national awards and 5 provincial level awards were obtained. The academic innovation team leaded by Academician Yuanzhu Xiong cooperated with others to do the research for the key science problems and questions of pig health production and obtained symbolic achievement of “one pig”. The experts and professors of DAGB carry out science and technology services for street-level pig producers in long run and they have hold 15 auction and trade shows of the breeding pigs.

DAGB has the rounded education system for cultivating bachelor, master, doctor and postdoctor and has set up the good relationship of joint-training students with a lot of well-known enterprises. At present, 101 master degree candidates, 25 doctoral candidates, 20 professional master degree candidates, 10 postdoctors and international students were in college. More than 100 graduate students were sent to society to do the related works. The graduate students have solid basic professional knowledge, strong operational ability and powerful consciousness of innovation and high comprehensive quality. The percentage of one-way employment of them exceeded 90%, the proportion of supply and demand reached 1:6 and they had the good reputation by the employers in the past 10 years.

DAGB has launched and set up international exchanges and cooperation with more than 10 foreign Universities or scientific research institutions in wide range, such as America, England, Canada, Italy and Korea. During 12th Five-Year plan Teachers and students have taken part in more than 100 peoples/times national or international academic conferences, foreign visiting and international cooperation research, which has effectively promoted the exchanges of DAGB with other Universities or research institutions.

DAGB persist in the idea of the featured teaching, the leading scientific research, the collaborative innovation and the connotative development, and work hard to set up the creative team with domestic first-class, international advance and distinct characteristics in the future 13th Five-Year plan.

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