Scottish scientists have joined a Europe-wide bid to secure the future supply of Cyprus' finest food export – halloumi cheese.
The project aims to boost milk yields from local breeds of goats and sheep on the island so that demand can be fulfilled.
Researchers are to help farmers design selective breeding programmes by investigating genetic differences that are linked to increased milk production.
Experts will also assess how animal feeds can be improved to optimise milk yield and how soils in Cyprus can be enriched by adding beneficial species of bacteria and fungi.
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