The Second Embryo Transfer Goat Kid - Peradeniya Kumari -2 - Born in Sri Lanka

The Second Embryo Transfer Goat Kid - Peradeniya Kumari -2 - Born in Sri Lanka The Embryo Biotechnology research team of the University of Peradeniya have produced a second goat kid through Embryo Transfer technology. Research team leader Dr. Basil Alexander said “the initial experiments on embryo production and transfer in Sri Lanka have resulted in great success”.

The new born kid was named as “Peradeniya Kumari – 2”. She was born at the animal hospital, Department of Farm Animal Production and Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, University of Peradeniya on 21st November 2007. The same research team produced “Peradeniya Kumari – 1” the first born goat kid through embryo transfer technology in Sri Lanka earlier this year. They have also produced a calf using the same technology. The research team is now planning to introduce this technology to farmer level to improve the genetic merits of the animals for higher production. The research team included Dr. Dammika Perera, Dr. L.N.A. de Silva, Dr. P.G.A. Pushpakumara and Dr. Basil Alexander.

These scientists have profited from a number of contacts and projects with the IAEA over recent years. In addition to the IAEA, this research was funded by Council of Agricultural Research Policy (CARP) of Sri Lanka and the University of Guelph, Canada.