RuminOmics Regional workshop – Lodi

Date: 14:00 5th October – 16:00 6th October 2015
Venue: Parco Tecnologico Padano (PTP – Science Park) – Lodi, Italy (map:
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The aim of the workshop is to present the outputs of the Ruminomics project, in particular those linked to animal breeding, gastrointestinal microbiome and nutrition, to improve the digestive efficiency and lower the environmental impact of ruminant livestock production.

The workshop will focus on efficiency and sustainability of ruminant livestock production in Italy and surrounding countries with:

  • Keynote lectures on the genome/nutrition/microbiome linkage and its impact on feed efficiency and product quality.
  • Reports on novel techniques for the rapid analysis of animal and microbial phenotypes.
  • A round table discussion on research priorities and how the outputs of the project can be implemented in the region.


Monday, 5th October
14.00 – 14.15 Welcome from local organising committee. Francesco Strozzi
14.15 – 14.45 Overview of the RuminOmics project. John Wallace, Project Coordinator

Project updates: the Phenotypes perspective
14.45 – 15.10 Sustainability in ruminants and proxies for methane emissions. Filippo Biscarini
15.10 – 15.50 From genotype to phenotype. Johanna Vilkki
15.50 – 16.15 COFFEE
16.15 – 16.45 Field-scale study of rumen function, efficiency and emissions in dairy cows ‘The 1000 cow study’. Phil Garnsworthy
16.45 – 17.15 From farm to fork: the hidden impact of breeding systems through a life-cycle perspective. Elena Neri

From the breeding industry
17.15 – 18.30 Regional breeding industry and goals (short communications from the region).

  • Perspective from Brown Swiss breeding in Italy. Attilio Rossoni, ANARB
  • perspective from cattle breeding in Switzerland. Birgit Gredler, QUALITAS
  • Breeding Values of Predicted Methane Production for Italian Holstein Friesian Bulls. Martino Cassandro (UNIPD)/Raffaella Finocchiaro (ANAFI)

18.30 – 21.30 RECEPTION AND DINNER (offered by RuminOmics)

Tuesday, 6th October
Making use of novel phenotypes: CH4, feed efficiency
09.00 – 09:40 Global view of environmental impact of ruminant livestock production. Paolo Bani
09:40 – 10:15 Relationships between methane and feed efficiency. Phil Garnsworthy
10:15 – 10:45 Methane biochemical markers from archaea lipids and co-enzymes. Hugo Oliveira
10.45 COFFEE

Beyond genetics (gene regulation, metagenomics, microbiome, epigenetics)
11.15 – 11.45 Does the host animal control the activity and composition of its gut microbes? Ilma Tapio
11.45 – 12.15 Regulatory RNA in ruminants. Ilaria Fojadelli
12.15 – 13.30 LUNCH

Implementation of project outputs in the region/next steps
13.30 – 14.30 Environmental Policies in the region (3 to 4 short papers)
14.30 – 15.30 Workshop and Round Table Discussion – Future research priorities and implementation strategies

The workshop, which is free to attend, will be invaluable to farming and breeding organisations, extension workers, research scientists, NGOs and policy makers.

The deadline for registration for the workshop is 25 September 2015. To register go to:
Register early as spaces are limited!

Venue and Accommodation
The workshop will held at:
Parco Tecnologico Padano (PTP – Science Park)
Via Einstein – Loc. Cascina Codazza
26900 Lodi

Nearby hotels include:

Hotel LODI ****

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Single – 91 euro per night
Double Single Use – 101 euro per night
Double – 120 euro per night

Double Single Use – 100 euro per night
Double – 120 euro per night

Hotel EUROPA ***
Double Single Use – 100 euro per night
Double – 120 euro per night

Others further away include:
Double Single Use – 84 euro per night*
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Superior Double Single Use – 102 euro per night
Superior Double – 102 euro per night

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