Africa / Animal Breeding / Article / Chickens / East Africa / Ethiopia / ILRI / Indigenous Breeds / LiveGene / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Poultry / Research

Comparison of different poultry breeds under station and on-farm conditions in Ethiopia

A selective breeding program was implemented to improve the performance of indigenous chickens in Ethiopia. Improved chicken from the 7th generation were compared with commercial layer, crossbred and unselected indigenous chickens both on-station and on-farm. Continue reading

Africa / Article / Genetics / Genomics / ILRI / ILRI40 / LiveGene / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Research / Trypanosomiasis

African trypanosomiasis resistance in cattle by a transgenic approach

This project proposes a new strategy for creating resistance in cattle to African trypanosomiasis, a major disease that affects agricultural production in broad regions of Africa. The long-term aim is to generate genetically modified cattle, which carry a gene that imparts resistance to African trypanosomes. Continue reading

A4NH / AHH / Animal Diseases / Animal Health / Article / East Africa / ILRI / ILRI40 / LiveGene / Research / Tanzania

The known and the unknowns: A multipathogen survey to identify diseases in cattle in Tanzania

Disease in livestock is one of the main factors contributing to limited productivity and incomes among cattle farmers in Tanzania. This poster, prepared for the Tropentag 2014 conference, presents findings from a survey conducted by ILRI among cattle farmers in Tanzania to confirm the presence of well-known cattle pathogens and to investigate the presence of cattle pathogens rarely looked for in the area before. Continue reading

AHH / Animal Diseases / Animal Health / Article / Epidemiology / ILRI / ILRI40 / LiveGene / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Research / Vaccines

ILRI initiative seeks new-generation vaccines against major livestock diseases

This poster explains the work of the Vaccine Biosciences group at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) which seeks to a hub of research excellence dedicated to developing vaccine-based solutions to reduce disease burdens that limit livestock productivity in smallholder and pastoral farming systems. Continue reading

Article / Disease Control / Interview / Kenya / People

Sheila Ommeh, her journey through agricultural research and passion for chicken research

Sheila Ommeh is one of the few scientists who are devoted chicken research, in this interview, we connect the dots from the moment her initial curiosity on agricultural research was stirred to her current research highlights. Q: Have you always wanted to be a scientist? SO: Yes, my curiosity started in the early 1990s when … Continue reading

AHH / Article / ASF / Project / Research

Renewed research efforts to tackle African Swine Fever (ASF), ILRI Biotech/BecA collaborative project in the New Agriculturist

Causing up to 100 per cent mortality in previously unaffected animals, African Swine Fever (ASF) is a devastating disease of pigs. Endemic across much of Africa, the disease poses a wider threat to global food security, particularly in East Asia, where at least 50 per cent of the protein consumed is pork, much of it … Continue reading

AHH / Article / Project / Report / Research

Molecular characterization of live Theileria parva sporozoite vaccine stabilates reveals extensive genotypic diversity: Highlighting our publications

‘Highlighting our publications’ is a new blog series that will feature publications from the Biotech theme.  The success of scientific research is greatly pegged on existing information and published scientific work to provide crucial information and knowledge that is important to the progress of science. Our publications represent the latest results in areas such as: … Continue reading

Article / Ethiopia / Event

How bioscience is revolutionising the 21st century

‘Animal Health and Genetics’ was an interesting discussion session at last week’s LiveSTOCK Exchange event. This session was introduced by Vish Nene, the Theme Director of the ILRI Biotech group and he focused on 3 broad areas where science will revolutionize the 21st century. They are: Computer revolution Quantum revolution Bio-molecular revolution Computer Revolution: A … Continue reading

Article / Story types

2011 AWARD Fellows: Lillian Wambua

Lillian Wambua is one of the 2011 African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) Fellows. Her passion for genetic studies on Animal trypanosomiasis (Nagana) formed the backbone of her PhD degree in Characterization of Trypanosoma congolense-induced endotoxic shock response in mouse models, which she attained in February 2011. She has been studying the components … Continue reading