Following the vaccine that wiped out rinderpest, a new vaccine against sheep and goat plague proves promising
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Following the vaccine that wiped out rinderpest, a new vaccine against sheep and goat plague proves promising

A new paper by researchers at ILRI describes development of an effective experimental and thermostable vaccine against ‘peste des petits ruminants’, or PPR for short, a disease more commonly known as sheep and goat plague. Continue reading

Simplistic livestock solutions no help for poor people in transition from smallholders to ‘smartholders’
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Simplistic livestock solutions no help for poor people in transition from smallholders to ‘smartholders’

Jimmy Smith, director general of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), who previously led the World Bank’s global livestock portfolio, was in Australia last week, talking to ILRI’s scientific colleagues and donor representatives in Canberra and Melbourne. ILRI is chaired by Australian Lindsay Falvey and its patron is Australian Nobel Prize laureate Peter Doherty. Continue reading

New Nutrition Knowledge Bank gives direct access to expert nutritional advice via mobile phones
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New Nutrition Knowledge Bank gives direct access to expert nutritional advice via mobile phones

A new open-access Nutrition Knowledge Bank has been created as part of a GSMA mNutrition initiative to help tackle malnutrition in Africa and Asia. This collection of content on good nutritional practices includes factsheets and mobile messages for anyone to download and use. Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the mNutrition project aims to deliver nutrition information to 3 million people in 12 developing countries. Continue reading

Badass Chinese sheep quickly evolved adaptations to extreme plateau and desert environments—New study
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Badass Chinese sheep quickly evolved adaptations to extreme plateau and desert environments—New study

A new study offers novel insights into rapid genomic adaptations to extreme environments in sheep and other animals and provides a valuable resource for future research on livestock breeding in response to climate change. Continue reading

Vaccination proclamation: India protects the neglected ’living assets’ of its remote pig farmers
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Vaccination proclamation: India protects the neglected ’living assets’ of its remote pig farmers

ILRI research to better control classical swine fever, also called hog cholera and pig plague, a highly contagious viral disease of pigs of all ages, usually killing the animals within two weeks of infection. The disease is endemic in the states of northeast India, where pig husbandry and meat eating are ubiquitous among the tribal communities that inhabit this remote region, isolated from the rest of India except through a slender corridor flanked by foreign territories. This article, one of a series being posted on the ILRI News blog, is one of 21 stories published in the ILRI Corporate Report 2014–2015, which you’ll find here: http://hdl.handle.net/10568/68631 Continue reading

New DNA analysis of Asian sheep reveals unique diversity crucial to contemporary food and climate concerns
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New DNA analysis of Asian sheep reveals unique diversity crucial to contemporary food and climate concerns

At a time when the price of mutton is climbing and wool crashing, a groundbreaking new study has used advanced genetic sequencing technology to rewrite the history of sheep breeding and trading along the ancient Silk Road—insights that can help contemporary herders in developing countries preserve or recover valuable traits crucial to their food and economic security. The new findings regarding one of the first animals ever domesticated will be published in the October print edition of the journal Molecular Biology and Evolution. They are the product of an unprecedented collaboration involving scientists in China, Iran, Pakistan, Indonesia, Nepal, Finland, and the United Kingdom. The team analysed the complete mitochondrial DNA of 42 domesticated native sheep breeds from Azerbaijan, Moldova, Serbia, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Poland, Finland, China and the United Kingdom, along with two wild sheep species from Kazakhstan. Continue reading