biodiversity

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Tilahun Seyoum is by all standards a grown up responsible husband, father and community leader. He also belongs to the school of thought that believes, to learning there is no end. Thus, after many years of keeping goats, cattle and sheep, he has in the last few months, learnt one new thing. He has learnt that the yellow tag now hanging from the ear of his goat means that the goat will sell for a higher price compared to that of his friend in the neighbouring village. That yellow tag means the parents of the animals are known and performances of its future offspring can be predicted hence the higher value compared to untagged animals. Continue reading ...

Sustainable Livestock Digest, May/2014

Alexandra Jorge just left ILRI to return to her native Mozambique. In this exit interview she reflects on her years at ILRI and activities of its forage genebank. Continue reading

ILRI clippings, Mar/2014

Did it ever cross your mind that cows, goats, sheep and all animals have tribes, families, clans and other family groups much like human beings do? Or that keeping track of those families is as important as it is for human beings? Understanding livestock families’ means understanding the parents of an animal, specific characteristics like the dominant colour of their skin, the likely weight it should have, the amount of milk or taste of meat it should produce when properly fed and its ability to cope with certain environments. It also involves understanding what feed and how much is best for that “tribe” (breed) of animal to produce the best milk or meat. Continue reading ...

Sustainable Livestock Digest, Feb/2014

On 10 January, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) inaugurated new nutrition laboratories at its Addis Ababa campus. Feed quality is in good hands again. The importance of feed quality Feed quality reflects the ability of a given feed to meet the daily nutrient needs of animals consuming the feed. Tremendous variation exists in nutrient … Continue reading »

ILRI clippings, Jan/2014

We need to conserve the most important livestock genetic diversity for possible future use - by poor and rich farmers alike Continue reading

ILRI news blog, Dec/2011

A workshop on Animal Genetic Resources in Sub-Saharan Africa was recently held in Gaborone, as an ILRI-SLU capacity building Project in collaboration with the FAO, AU/IBAR and Team Africa. The workshop ran from 26 to 29 November 2013 with the main objectives of catalyzing and enhancing regional collaboration in order to improve training in animal breeding and genetics for sustainable use of Animal Genetic Resources (AnGR), plan and undertake research for development in prioritized areas of AnGR and improve capacity development including outreach activities in the relevant areas among others. Continue reading »

ILRI clippings, Nov/2013

Every year International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)’s forage genebank plants about 900 accessions of forage germplasm to be regenerated (to produce new and more viable seeds) or multiplied (to increase the amount of seeds to make them available for distribution). Four field sites across Ethiopia are used to grow the 1500 different accessions (they needs … Continue reading »

ILRI clippings, Jan/2014

From May 2011 to May 2013, the Africa-Brazil Marketplace sponsored a project to introduce Napier grass elite lines for screening for stunt resistance to provide feed for improved smallholder dairy productivity. The project was a partnership between the Forage genebank of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and EMBRAPA Dairy Cattle … Continue reading »

ILRI clippings, Dec/2013

In 2012, ILRI’s Forage Diversity team hosted Senior Experten Service – SES scientist Evelyn Möller. Since then, she has visited Addis Ababa 3 times (Nov-Dec 2012; April – May 2013 and Nov-Dec 2013). Her assignment was to help ILRI improve the quality control of its genebank laboratories, more specifically regarding plant health diagnostic techniques and … Continue reading »

ILRI clippings, Dec/2013

One of the responsibilities of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) genebank is to assure that forage germplasm is adequately conserved and that major risks of losing valuable and often rare plant materials are minimized. ILRI has agreements with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) genebank to duplicate ILRI materials in their premises. This … Continue reading »

ILRI clippings, Dec/2013

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Andrew Gitahi Marete
Statistical Geneticist
Fikerte Mulatu Adenew
Research Assistant II-Laboratory
Michel Mainack Dione
Post-doctoral Fellow Animal Health
Solomon Fikre
Technical Assistant

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People working on biodiversity

Andrew Gitahi Marete
Statistical Geneticist
Fikerte Mulatu Adenew
Research Assistant II-Laboratory
Michel Mainack Dione
Post-doctoral Fellow Animal Health
Solomon Fikre
Technical Assistant