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Norwegian breeds could disappear. Scientists have identified 28 of Norway’s animal breeds are now under threat of extinction, reports say. The list, compiled by the Norwegian Genetics Resource Centre, contains five breeds of dog, including the black-haired Norwegian Elkhound, the Norwegian Buhund and the Lundehund. Horses such as the characteristic Norwegian Fjord Horse (Fjording) and Dole (Dølahest), as well as the Norwegian Cold Blood Trotter (Kaldblodstraver) could also disappear.

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Norwegian breeds could disappear

Published on Monday, 5th March, 2012 at 08:54 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

Scientists have identified 28 of Norway’s animal breeds are now under threat of extinction, reports say.

Norwegian Fjord Horse
Norwegian Fjord Horse
Photo: © 2004 by Tomasz Sienicki


The list, compiled by the Norwegian Genetics Resource Centre, contains five breeds of dog, including the black-haired Norwegian Elkhound, the Norwegian Buhund and the Lundehund.

Horses such as the characteristic Norwegian Fjord Horse (Fjording) and Dole (Dølahest), as well as the Norwegian Cold Blood Trotter (Kaldblodstraver) could also disappear.

Nina Hovden Sæther, head of department at Norway’s Forest and Landscape Institute, urges these and the other races are preserved.

“These breeds are the country’s and farming’s biological diversity. It’s important they taken care of to ensure a genetic variation in the future. They are also an important part of our cultural heritage,” she said to NRK.

The list was created by looking at the population of the national breeds and whether this number causes the breed to be considered endangered and in need of preservation. Breeds of cattle, sheep and poultry are also on the list.

“Having just one breed to choose from in the future means it will be difficult to meet challenges that arise,” she concluded.

Norway and other countries also store more than 525,000 different crop varieties at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, commonly-known as the 'Doomsday' Vault.



Published on Monday, 5th March, 2012 at 08:54 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

This post has the following tags: norwegianfjordhorseextinction, norwaybuhund.





  
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