New Tick Cell Biobank Outpost at ILRI to support research in Africa on ticks and tick-borne diseases
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New Tick Cell Biobank Outpost at ILRI to support research in Africa on ticks and tick-borne diseases

ILRI’s Tick Unit has been selected as Africa’s first outpost for the Tick Cell Biobank. The parent Tick Cell Biobank at the Institute of Infection and Global Health, University of Liverpool, houses a collection of approximately 55 cell lines derived from argasid and ixodid ticks, which are of both veterinary and medical importance. Funded by the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) Global Challenges Research Fund, the Biobank Outpost project will facilitate access of the tick cell lines by researchers in low- and middle- income countries in Africa, South East Asia and South America. The countries selected for the Outposts include Kenya, Malaysia and Brazil. Continue reading

Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health celebrates five-year milestone and plans for its future
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Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health celebrates five-year milestone and plans for its future

The Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health (CTLGH) had a double celebration on 27 September 2019 as it celebrated the achievements made in the first five years of its existence and the signing of a collaborative framework agreement between its founding partners to underpin its future for the next five years. Continue reading

Five years of the Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health: celebrating achievements and renewing commitments
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Five years of the Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health: celebrating achievements and renewing commitments

    As the Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health (CTLGH) approached its five-year milestone, the principals of the founding partner organizations met at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) to discuss the progress made so far and plan for the centre’s future. CTLGH’s vision is to ‘support more resilient, sustainable and profitable tropical … Continue reading

DFID/UKAid provides £4 million for genetics and health research to aid sustainable livestock production in Africa
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DFID/UKAid provides £4 million for genetics and health research to aid sustainable livestock production in Africa

Research to improve the health and productivity of farmed animals in tropical climates has received a £4 million boost from the UK Government. The investment from DFID was announced by the Secretary of State for International Development, Penny Mordaunt, during a visit to the University of Edinburgh. It will support research in the Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health—a joint venture between the University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute, SRUC, ILRI, the latter of which has major research facilities in Kenya and Ethiopia. Continue reading

Livestock in developing countries—Misperceptions, facts and consequences
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Livestock in developing countries—Misperceptions, facts and consequences

Jimmy Smith, the director general of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), is in London today (5 Oct 2017), speaking at an Extinction and Livestock Conference organized by Compassion in World Farming and the World Wildlife Fund. Continue reading

No one dietary choice is the answer to sustainable development—ILRI in ‘The Guardian’
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No one dietary choice is the answer to sustainable development—ILRI in ‘The Guardian’

The following opinion piece, by Jimmy Smith, director general of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), was first published in The Guardian on 16 Aug 2016, in response to an opinion piece published by environmental reporter George Monbiot in the same paper on 9 Aug 2016 (I’ve converted to veganism to reduce my impact on the living world). Continue reading