ICAR-CIRB produces Veer Gaurav through OPU-IVEP technology
25th December 2022, Hissar
Continuing with their success in the field of cloning, scientists of the ICAR-Central Institute for Research on Buffaloes, Hisar, have achieved another milestone today by producing a male buffalo calf (Veer Gaurav) through Ovum Pick Up and In-Vitro Embryo Production (OPU-IVEP) Technology from the semen of cloned bull (Hisar Gaurav) and elite female buffalo. Using this technology, superior males and females can be produced which shall be useful in improving the genetic progress of the breed.
“OPU-IVEP has opened avenues for production and dissemination of superior male and female buffalo germplasm”, said Dr TK Datta, Director, ICAR-CIRB.
Dr. Sajjan Singh, Head Animal Physiology and Reproduction Division, ICAR-CIRB said sexed semen technology can be combined to this technology to produce superior female offspring.
The team members comprising Dr Jerome, Dr. RK Sharma, Dr. PS Yadav, Dr. D Kumar, Dr. Meeti, Dr. Rajesh and Dr. Rupali were instrumental for this achievement. The proficiency of NDDB experts Dr. Gorani and Dr. Layek in this attempt is appreciable.
Earlier, ICAR-CIRB had produced the clone (Hisar Gaurav) of progeny tested bull (PT4354).
Source: ICAR-Central Institute for Research on Buffaloes, Hisar