Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health

Logo - Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and HealthThe Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health supports programs that improve livestock-based livelihoods in the tropics. It is a strategic alliance of The Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland's Rural College and the International Livestock Research Institute.

The five current programs of the Centre are:

  • Dairy Genomics - Facilitates the application of genomics to dairy production in the tropics for increased livestock productivity and a more sustainable environment.
  • Poultry Genomics - Applies cutting edge breeding tools to improve the productivity and flock dynamics of poultry in the tropics.
  • Reproductive Technologies - Demonstrates new breeding technologies and ways they can accelerate the impact of tropical livestock genetics.
  • Health Genetics - Selects genetic traits to improve disease resistance and resilience of cattle and poultry in the tropics.
  • Informatics & Bioresources - Curates and uses data and bioresources to maximise the impact of new and existing knowledge on tropical livestock genetics and health.
The experience of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and partner geneticists in 2015–2016 clearly demonstrates the positive benefits to smallholder farmers of the application of new breeding and genomic approaches, leading to more productive and climate- and disease resilient livestock. However, it is when these new technologies are combined with improved management practices that they are translated into enhanced food security and higher incomes for smallholder farmers. These are the findings from the genetics research and interventions, presented in the ILRI Corporate report 2015–2016 highlights on Livestock genetics and breeding. Continue reading →
ILRI news blog, Feb/2017
The African Chicken Genetic Gains project is on a mission to bring 'more productive chickens to African smallholders'. Led by ILRI, and backed by the deep pockets of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the African Chicken Genetic Gains project aims to improve the genetic makeup of African chickens. The initiative, which is initially being rolled out in Ethiopia, Nigeria and Tanzania, is part of what the Microsoft founder has called his 'big bet' on chickens, which also includes a promise to donate 100,000 of the birds to families and communities in the world's poorest nations. . . . Continue reading →
ILRI clippings, Oct/2016
A note in a scientific journal gives an update on long-term research to develop African cattle resistant to the Africa animal disease known as trypanosomiasis. The aim of this research is to help reduce widespread poverty and hunger on the continent by improving livestock livelihoods. Continue reading →
ILRI news blog, Sep/2016
We will shortly be hosting a virtual discussion forum on 'Cattle Genomics in Africa' and invite all researchers and implementers in this and related fields to participate. The forum will be online (web-based), and open from 16–26 Aug 2016. Continue reading →
ILRI clippings, Aug/2016
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
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