Agri-Health / AHH / Animal Diseases / Cattle / Disease Control / ECF / ILRI / ILRI40 / Impact Assessment / LiveGene / Research / Tick Unit / Trypanosomiasis

Forty years of immunology research at ILRI: An impact narrative

Over the years, cutting edge tools, technologies and approaches have been implemented to increase understanding of the bovine immune system and mechanisms of pathogen control. Despite limited funding, compared to human immunological research, ILRAD/ILRI have made tremendous progress in bovine immunological research which remains a research focus at ILRI. Continue reading

Agri-Health / AHH / Animal Diseases / Animal Health / Epidemiology / ILRI / ILRI40 / Impact Assessment / LiveGene / Research

The global impact of ILRI’s epidemiology expertise: An impact narrative

ILRI’s integration of epidemiology with agricultural economics and other social sciences has offered a unique approach for assessing the economic impact of animal disease, and for evaluating the implications of intervention options, whether at farm, national or global level. Continue reading

Africa / Agri-Health / Animal Diseases / East Africa / ECF / ILRI / Kenya / LiveGene / Report / Research / Wildlife

New study shows that waterbucks are an important source of tick-borne diseases of livestock

A recent study has found that wildlife are an important source of tick-borne diseases of livestock, with 70% of emerging pathogens originating from wildlife. The study found evidence of previously unknown parasite genotypes that may be infective to both small ruminants and equids (horses). Climate change could fuel the spread of such pathogens through the spread of their tick vector further impacting livestock production. Continue reading

AHH / Animal Diseases / ASF / BecA / East Africa / Epidemiology / Health / ILRI / Kenya / LiveGene / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Uganda

Analysing African Swine fever epidemiology on the Kenya-Uganda border

On 2-3 October 2013 the closing workshop of the BecA‐ILRI‐CSIRO‐AusAID project on Understanding African Swine fever (ASF) epidemiology as a basis for control was held in Nairobi, Kenya. Participants who included project staff and other invited guests of the workshop titled ‘Analysis of African Swine fever epidemiology and pig value chains to underpin design of … Continue reading

Award / Research

ILRI scientist wins the Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development (BREAD) Ideas Challenge

Denis Mujibi, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) geneticist is among the 13 winners of the $10,000 Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development (BREAD) Ideas Challenge announced in July. Mujibi’s submission was among hundreds of submissions received from researchers from all over the world selected for articulating novel or under-studied scientific challenges facing smallholder farmers in … Continue reading

Africa / East Africa / Genetics / ILRI / Indigenous Breeds / Interview / Kenya / LiveGene / Research

Study evidences continual waning of cattle genetic diversity in Western Kenya: Interview with Mary Ndila

For the last four years, Mary Ndila has been studying the population structure of indigenous cattle for her PhD project titled, ‘Genomics diversity of East African Shorthorn Zebu cattle of Western Kenya’, a joint program between ILRI and the University of Nottingham and funded by Wellcome Trust. In this article we find out whether breed … Continue reading

Animal Health / Emerging Diseases / ILRI / LiveGene / Research / Zoonotic Diseases

Research shows that domestic pigs are a potential reservoir for Ndumu virus – Highlighting our Publications

An abstract from the ‘Viral metagenomics demonstrates that domestic pigs are a potential reservoir for Ndumu virus‘ report published in the Virology Journal. Background The rising demand for pork has resulted in a massive expansion of pig production in Uganda. This has resulted in increased contact between humans and pigs. Pigs can act as reservoirs … Continue reading