biodiversity

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The Athi-Kaputiei ecosystem covers about 2,200 square kilometres of Kenya’s Kajiado County, south of Nairobi. It is also home to Nairobi National Park—the world’s only game reserve within a major city. The ecosystem has experienced some dramatic changes since the late 19th century. The accounts of early writers paint a picture of a spectacular ecosystem teeming with diverse resident and migratory wildlife. Records describe abundant wildebeest that migrated seasonally with other wildlife species, livestock and pastoralists. In a recently published study my colleagues and I examined the impact of land fragmentation in the Athi-Kaputiei ecosystem between 1977 and 2014. Our study shows that urbanisation and development has put the ecosystem in distress. It has fragmented the landscape which has reduced the ability of animals to migrate as they used to. The result is that their numbers have plummeted. Continue reading →
ILRI clippings, Nov/2016
A new paper on the consequences of land fragmentation and fencing on rangelands outside Nairobi, Kenya, formerly rich with wildlife and critical for the functioning of Nairobi's famed national park, has been published. All of the authors are former staff, and one former partner, of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), where this research work was conducted. Continue reading →
ILRI news blog, Nov/2016
There have been disturbing declines in wildlife populations in Kenya in the past three decades, a study released this week revealed. Continue reading →
ILRI clippings, Oct/2016
Here's a wake up call for all those who care about Kenya's rich heritage of wild animals, rangelands and pastoral peoples. A new study reporting on the period from 1977 to 2016 says wildlife on the rangelands of Kenya, which still support some of the richest herds of mammals on earth, is in precipitous decline while populations of goats and sheep are increasingly sharply. Continue reading →
ILRI news blog, Oct/2016
Belgian artist Koen Vanmechelen has created a chicken with genes from different chicken breeds from all over the world. Now he's bringing it to America to help diversify our poultry. Continue reading →
ILRI clippings, Sep/2016
'Africa, which imports nearly 83% of the food it consumes, has a real chicken and egg problem. The continent is caught between pressure from imports in some countries and an inability to meet demand in others.' Article by Calestous Juma republished from The Conversation. Continue reading →
ILRI clippings, Sep/2016
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 →
ILRI news blog, Jul/2016
Humans and lions can coexist through the creation of community conservancies—privately protected areas that engage local people in conservation and ecotourism. These conservancies can help stem the unrelenting loss of lions, whose population has been in decline across Africa, and pose a viable solution to an old problem. Continue reading →
ILRI clippings, Mar/2016
Crop diversity can be conserved and shared. Scientists know how to do it and at a very limited cost to the world community. It requires global leadership and stronger partnerships and the building of capacities of scientists in the developing world. No country is self-sufficient; successful breeding is highly dependent on functioning multilateralism, according to Marie Haga, executive director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust. Continue reading →
ILRI news blog, Mar/2016
Ethiopia has long been recognised as a biodiversity hotspot, one of the eight centres of global crop diversity. Barley, coffee, sorghum and some wild types of wheat all originated in these fertile lands. Recognizing the importance of this diversity to guaranteeing global food security, the Ethiopian Biodiversity Institute, the Global Crop Diversity Trust and the International Livestock Research Institute hold a high-level seminar on 23 Feb 2016 at 6 pm. Continue reading →
ILRI news blog, Feb/2016

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Andrew Gitahi Marete
Statistical Geneticist
Fikerte Mulatu Adenew
Research Assistant II-Laboratory
Jason Sircely
Ecosystem Ecologist
Michel Mainack Dione
Animal Health Scientist
Solomon Fikre
Technical Assistant