Azione 8 – TuBAvI (2017-2020): results
Creation of the Italian Semen Cryobank of Autochthonous Poultry Breeds
Activities performed during the first TuBAvI project were focused on the planning and the creation of the Italian Semen Criobank of Autochthonous Poultry Breeds dedicated to Gallus gallus and Meleagris gallopavo species.
A species-specific reference protocol for the cryopreservation of chicken and turkey semen was identified and the Standard Operative Procedures (SOPs) for the creation of the Cryobank were developed. Preparation of semen doses started after a careful priority evaluation of the Italian poultry breeds for ex situ in vitro conservation.
Qualitative parameters of chicken and turkey semens are reported in Table 1 (fresh semen) and Table 2 (frozen/thawed semen). The consistency of the Cryobank is reported in Table 3.