IPB–ANBIOCORE: Danish Mammal Genetics Expert Discussed on Balinese Cows’ Origin Mystery in The 21st IPB Talks

Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) coordinated series of international studium generale emphasizing on sustainable development goals (SDGs) entitled The IPB Talks on Complexity & Sustainability Sciences. The 21st IPB Talks in IPB Dramaga Campus, Bogor on January 25th, 2019, raised one of the sub-topics from biodiversity research—wildlife genetics and co-organized by United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-Sustainable Higher Education Research Alliances (SHERA)’s Animal Biotechnology & Coral Reef Fisheries to Achieve Indonesia Food Security (ANBIOCORE). Assistant Professor Rasmus Heller, a mammals’ genetics expert from University of Copenhagen, Denmark was present as speaker. Director of ANBIOCORE, professor at IPB Faculty of Veterinary and the 21st IPB Talks’ moderator—Prof. drh. Bambang Purwantara, M.Sc., Ph.D., stated that Asst. Prof. Rasmus Heller position as a leading researcher on mammals genetics who has undergone various research about Indonesian mammals. Asst. Prof. Heller is also a curator of more than 10,000 mammals. Asst. Prof. Heller described his former report on Quagga gene—Quagga is one of the now-extinct Zebra species, due to overhunting. His long-listed research included one on biodiversity of Muskox genetics which existed in Northern America and now in Greenland. Together with Prof. Bambang and Vice Chairman of IPB Institute of Research and Community Service—Prof. drh. Agik Suprayogi, Prof. Heller will conduct research on gene biodiversity of Indonesia cattles, one of which is about Balinese cows. Discussion brought up theory on Balinese cows’ characteristics eerie similarity to those cows living wildly in jungles. Thus, one of this study’s objectives is to figure out genetics connection/relation between bulls and other domesticated cows species like Balinese cow, Maduran cow and other native cattles groups in Indonesia. Delegations expressed wishes to undergo research on gene biodiversity of Indonesian cattle, one of which is Balinese cows, so that mystery of Balinese cows origin hopefully can be unraveled. 

Published Date : 02-Feb-2019

Resource Person : Prof. Rasmus Heller

Keyword : IPB Talks, Complexity and Sustainability Sciences, Directorate of International Program, Wildlife Genetics