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Tapping into our creative potential: Humidtropics writeshop on innovation platform case studies

Twelve individuals gathered at the Nairobi headquarters of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) from 24 to 27 February 2015 to spend a week focused on writing­ under a case study competition organized by the CGIAR Research Program on Humidtropics. Continue reading

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Livestock in poor countries need drugs to stay alive and productive, but how to avoid the rise of ‘super bugs’?

Developing-country livestock keepers need more and better drugs to keep their animals alive and productive, and there are increasing numbers of livestock in the South, where there is increasing use of antimicrobial drugs, and poor livestock keepers will be hurt the most by development in pathogens of antimicrobial resistance. So what’s needed to avoid ‘super bugs’ arising? A new PNAS paper has this to say. Continue reading

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How a ‘Chicken of Tomorrow’ breeding contest turned America’s backyard birds into a giant global industry

New Yorker cover by Tom Gauld (via Pinterest). The following fascinating recent history of the chicken in America is taken from a 2014 essay by Andrew Lawler published in Aeon (check out this online science and cultural magazine, founded in London in 2012, if you haven’t yet): Chicken of tomorrow: How a massive breeding contest turned … Continue reading

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New paper on parasitic infections shows the benefits of co-infections with the ‘mild cousins’ of important pathogens

Herds of African cattle may hold the secret to new ways of fighting parasitic diseases like malaria, which kills some 600,000 people a year, scientists said on Friday. Continue reading

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ILRI’s Philip Toye VOA interview on East Coast fever, and the benefits of co-parasitic infections

Voice of America’s Joe DeCapua interview Phil Toye, a scientist with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), about a paper published this week in Science Advance. Continue reading

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Tanzania dairy sector gets USD1.5 million boost through East Africa Dairy Development project grant

The East Africa Dairy Development (EADD) project, a regional dairy industry development program, has received USD1.5million grant from Elanco Animal Health to support on-going dairy development work in Tanzania and East Africa. Continue reading