The role of phages: A fight against antibiotic resistance in poultry farms in Kenya
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The role of phages: A fight against antibiotic resistance in poultry farms in Kenya

In the early 1920s, William Twort and Felix d’Herelle co-discovered bacteriophages, also known as phages. These are viruses that can infect and kill bacteria and can be found everywhere bacteria exist such as inside plants, animals, the soil and oceans. The concept of using phages to treat disease-causing bacterial infections was used to fight the … Continue reading

Better breeds for more milk: ​African dairy genetics gains bulls and cows exhibition
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Better breeds for more milk: ​African dairy genetics gains bulls and cows exhibition

    Today, thirty-five farmers and over fifty representatives from the Tanzanian government including Hon. Luhaga Mpina, Minister of Livestock and Fisheries, Tanzania, and Dr. Eligy Mussa Shirima, Director General of the Tanzania Livestock Research Institute (TALIRI), Tanzanian government and dairy industry leaders, representatives from neighboring African nations and international organizations, gather at the Nane … Continue reading

Africa’s animal genetic resources – the wealth within
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Africa’s animal genetic resources – the wealth within

Today, more than a hundred key partners in African livestock development, including African ministers, senior policymakers and other dignitaries, have gathered in Nairobi, Kenya, to launch new and notable products that improve our understanding of the incalculable value held in Africa’s indigenous animal genetic resources, many of which are threatened by extinction and must be protected Continue reading

Boosting Uganda’s investments in livestock development – healthy animals for healthy food and healthy people
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Boosting Uganda’s investments in livestock development – healthy animals for healthy food and healthy people

Today, policymakers, researchers and academics, donors, civil society, as well as government and private sector representatives from Uganda, Kenya and Germany meet to boost investment in Uganda’s livestock. Continue reading

More research on African swine fever is urgently needed: No cure, no vaccine and no treatment yet exists for this lethal pig disease
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More research on African swine fever is urgently needed: No cure, no vaccine and no treatment yet exists for this lethal pig disease

At ILRI, African swine fever research began in early 2000 with a focus on the epidemiology and socio-economic impacts of the disease. ILRI scientists and partners are currently working on developing vaccines for the disease using the CRISPR-cas genome editing system. Continue reading

The elusive quest for the perfect chicken
Africa / Animal Breeding / Animal Diseases / Animal Health / Article / Capacity Strengthening / Chickens / Climate Change / Consumption / Disease Control / Environment / Ethiopia / Farming Systems / Indigenous Breeds / Knowledge and Information / Pro-Poor Livestock

The elusive quest for the perfect chicken

A team of researchers investigating chicken diseases in Ethiopia has discovered that there is far greater genetic diversity in that seemingly nondescript bird than meets the eye, a discovery that could help boost the productivity of small-scale chicken farms throughout Africa. The study was published in this month’s issue of Nature Sustainability by scientists from … Continue reading