genetics

This page brings together ILRI and partner resources on genetics. Click different tabs to see news items, research outputs, journal articles, video materials and presentations as well as ILRI projects and people related to genetics. See ILRI research on other subjects

On 17-18 December 2015, a group of about 25 people gathered in Debre Birhan, Ethiopia, to devise the next steps for small ruminants breeding. This group comprised most of the country's experts in sheep and goat breeding, from across the country. Continue reading

Livestock and Fish, Jan/2016

Earlier this year, the Debre Birhan Agricultural Research Centre was awarded a gold medal for outstanding research on Menz sheep breeding from the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology. Continue reading

Livestock and Fish, Dec/2015

As part of the “More milk and meat through better breeds” project, seeking to increase the productivity of dual-purpose cattle in Nicaragua through the use of appropriate breed types and the application of best husbandry practices, the Livestock and Fish team held focus group discussions in the action sites of Matiguas and Camoapa (Nicaragua). The … Continue reading

Livestock and Fish, Jan/2016

Selected participant farmers drawn from community-based breeding programs in Doyogena, Horro, Menz and Bonga sites are gearing up to undertake phase 2 of their sheep fattening project that runs from 15 January to 15 April 2016. Continue reading

Livestock and Fish, Dec/2015

Improving the genetic makeup of Africa’s dairy cattle has the potential increase farmer productivity and profitability, hence transform the lives of millions of dairy families across Africa. This latest program, African Dairy Genetic Gains (ADGG) program, led by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), offers real opportunities to help smallholders improve their lives through livestock. It also contributes to ILRI’s global livestock genetics program—LiveGene. Continue reading

ILRI news blog, Dec/2015

This blog post explains how WorldFish and its partners are supporting small-scale farmers to produce better strains of fish and get a greater return on their investment. Continue reading

Livestock and Fish, Dec/2015

A new program that will address genetic constraints to dairy production in Ethiopia and Tanzania has been launched. Continue reading

ILRI clippings, Nov/2015

Scientists will use funds from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to look at how genetic information can improve the health and productivity of farmed animals in tropical climates. The institutions in Scotland and Africa where the researchers are based are also making additional contributions, taking the total funding pot to £20 million over the next five years. Continue reading

ILRI clippings, Nov/2015

Researchers at the Roslin Institute will be using funds from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to investigate how genetic information can improve the health and productivity of farmed animals in tropical climates, which is a proven approach to climate change mitigation and adaptation. The Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health is an alliance between the Institute at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and the Africa-headquartered International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). The partner institutions are making additional contributions with a value of £10 million to support the initiative over the next five years. Continue reading ...

ILRI news blog, Nov/2015

At a recent workshop co-hosted by an NGO called Biosciences for Farming in Africa (B4FA) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), in Nairobi, Kenya, ILRI communications staff Susan MacMillan made a short presentation on why the 20-plus animal geneticists in the room should bother communicating their science to non-specialists.   The big picture ‘A … Continue reading

ILRI news blog, Sep/2015

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Andrew Gitahi Marete
Statistical Geneticist
Mary Wambugu
Technical Support Coordinator
Morris Agaba
Scientist – BecA
Sarah Karen Osama
research assistant genetic diversity
Tadelle Dessie
Scientist-Animal Genetics/Breeding

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People working on genetics

Andrew Gitahi Marete
Statistical Geneticist
Mary Wambugu
Technical Support Coordinator
Morris Agaba
Scientist – BecA
Sarah Karen Osama
research assistant genetic diversity
Tadelle Dessie
Scientist-Animal Genetics/Breeding