The first of nine projects approved for funding under Genome Alberta's Alberta Livestock Genomics Program (ALGP) have been announced by Genome Alberta, the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency and the University of Lethbridge.

Genome Alberta, with $4.5 million in funding from the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA), made a call for proposals in 2010 and has since approved nine research projects to help improve the quality, reputation and health of Alberta livestock.

The first approved project is being led by University of Lethbridge researcher Brent Selinger and Tim McAllister of Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada's Lethbridge Research Centre. Other members of the project team are IdentiGEN Canada Ltd. and University College Cork in Ireland.

The $470,000 in funding and project support from Genome Alberta and ALMA will be used by the project researchers to look at Escherichia coli O157:H7. E. coli O157:H7 is often found in the gut of even healthy cattle, but when it reaches high enough levels for the cattle to become "super shedders" it can spread and can become a problem for people.

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