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Biography Gareth Frank Difford

My main competency is in the field of phenomics, where the goal is to take measurement methods from technology readiness zero up to industry implementation in selection indices and breeding goals. My primary focus is on screening alternative methods of measurement against more costly gold standard methods by evaluating accuracy, precision, throughput, automation and quantitative genetic value. I have experiences working with bio spectroscopy, microbiomics, metabolomics, proteomics, restricted selection index traits and numerous sensors in time series. I have applied these to feed efficiency, methane emissions, activity, fertility, genotype by environment interactions in livestock and aquaculture species. I am currently involved in applying Raman spectroscopy, NIR, microbiomics, real time non-invasive sensor technologies in Atlantic Salmon.Education: BSc Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Stellenbosch University (2010), MSc Genetics and Animal Breeding, Stellenbosch University (2013). PhD Animal Breeding and Genetics (2018) Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands & Aarhus University, Denmark (2018).

Gareth Frank Difford has 6 publications at Nofima:

‘Sniffer’ methane measurement systems to determine methane concentrations in air emitted by cows

Jonker, Arjan; Difford, Gareth Frank; Garnsworthy, Philip C.; Negussie, Enyew; Pszczola, Marcin; Roman-Ponce, Sergio I; Waghorn, Garry C.


Multitrait genomic prediction of methane emissions in Danish Holstein cattle

Manzanilla-Pech, Coralia Ines V.; Gordo, D.; Difford, Gareth Frank; Løvendahl, Peter; Lassen, Jan


Predictive ability of host genetics and rumen microbiome for subclinical ketosis

Gebreyesus, Grum; Difford, Gareth Frank; Buitenhuis, Bart; Lassen, Jan; Noel, Samantha Joan; Højberg, Ole; Plichta, Damian R.; Zhu, Zhigang; Poulsen, Nina A.; Sundekilde, Ulrik K.; Løvendahl, Peter; Sahana, Goutam


Validating non-invasive growth measurements on individual Atlantic salmon in sea cages using diode frames

Difford, Gareth Frank; Boison, Solomon Antwi ; Khaw, Hooi Ling; Gjerde, Bjarne