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Welcome to the Animal Improvement Program!

In April 2014, the Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory (AIPL) and the Bovine Functional Genomics Laboratory (BFGL) were merged to form the Animal Genomics and Improvement Laboratory (AGIL). The mission of AGIL is to discover and develop improved methods for the genetic and genomic evaluation of economically important traits of dairy animals and small ruminants and to conduct fundamental genomics-based research aimed at improving their health and productive efficiency.

As part of the merger, the main AIPL research project on the discovery and development of improved methods for the genetic and genomic evaluation of economically important traits of dairy animals was renamed the Animal Improvement Program (AIP). This web site will continue to show detailed information related to AIP.

Formal research reports are available at the AIP web site.

Genetic evaluations, service documentation, and trait documentation are available at the Council of Dairy Cattle breeding (CDCB) web site.

Current job openings

Supervisory Research Molecular Biologist/Geneticist (Research Leader)
Research Computational Biologist (Postdoctoral Research Associate)
Research Geneticist (Postdoctoral Research Associate)

About AIP Current objectives and project details; award and genetic evaluation history; directions to AIP work site
Publications Recent AIP-related scientific publications, research research reports, and presentations;popular press articles; other animal breeding and genetics publications
Software Software developed to support genomic and genetic evaluation methodology
People AIP staff, contact information, and history
News New or updated information on genetic evaluations available at the CDCB web site
Collaborations Current AIP-related cooperative agreements; dairy industry and cooperator links
Careers AIP-related career skills and AGIL job openings; links to ARS job sources

Contact AIP: Animal Improvement Program
Animal Genomics and Improvement Laboratory
Agricultural Research Service, USDA
10300 Baltimore Avenue
BARC-East, Building 306, Room 201
Beltsville, Maryland 20705-2350

Telephone: (301) 504-8335
Fax: (301) 504-8092


Last Modified: 02/07/2024