Special Issue "Role of Local Breeds in Global Agriculture—Local Food, Regional Identity and Ecosystem Services"

A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472). This special issue belongs to the section "Farm Animal Production".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2023 | Viewed by 143

Special Issue Editors

Department of Animal Science and Technology, Faculty of Agriculture University of Zagreb, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Interests: local breeds; animal genetic resources; phylogenetic studies; genetics and genomics; local foods; livestock technologies; equine breeding; cattle production
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Department for Animal Breeding and Genetics, University of Veterinary Medicine, 1078 Budapest, Hungary
Interests: animal breeding; local breeds; phylogenetics; animal health; food safety
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The genetic, economic, and social (cultural) value of local breeds is undisputed, but they must also adapt to the challenges of global agriculture, especially with regard to the sustainability and safety of animal products. Local foods and traditional gastronomy are largely based on local breeds and are an important part of a region's identity. The way local foods are prepared, preserved, and consumed is adapted to the habits of the population, and these foods have unique qualitative characteristics. Therefore, in the case of products of local breeds, we can speak of terroir, a recognizable quality resulting from the specific interaction of local breed‒plant‒soil. Local breeds are part of the regional identity and culture of life, visible in almost all local manifestations. Awareness of the ecological function of local breeds in preserving the whole environment and habitat biodiversity and in preventing other environmentally damaging processes is increasingly emphasized. In the last half century, there has been a growing appreciation of the importance of local breeds and their adaptability to natural environmental conditions that ensure local, regional, and global food production. Local breeds are considered a potential “source” of food raw material derived from crossbreeding and of genes for an efficient introgression into cosmopolitan breeds in which some desirable features have been lost.

Therefore, the editors aim to stimulate scientific reflection and present best practices on the “Role of Local Breeds in Global Agriculture—Local Food, Regional Identity and Ecosystem Services”.

Prof. Dr. Ante Ivanković
Dr. András Gáspárdy
Guest Editors

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  • local breed
  • gastronomy
  • local food terroir
  • regional identity
  • ecosystem services
  • biodiversity

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