Africa / Animal Health / Chickens / Ecotypes / Ethiopia / Genetics / Indigenous Breeds / Livestock Challenges / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Poultry

Preliminary findings on the phenotypic diversity of two Ethiopian village chicken ecotypes presented at an international population and genetics meeting.

Preliminary phenotypic findings by Takele Taye (PhD student, The University of Nottingham and ILRI) were presented in a poster titled ‘ Phenotypic diversity of two Ethiopian village chicken ecotypes’ at The 45th Population Genetics Group meeting, The University of Nottingham 4-7th January 2012. Continue reading

Africa / Animal Health / Capacity building / Chickens / Ecotypes / Ethiopia / Genetics / Indigenous Breeds / Laboratory / LIVESTOCK-FISH

Defining the prevalence and distribution of genetic markers of resistance within Ethiopian poultry ecotypes

Work is underway to define the prevalence and distribution of genetic markers of resistance within and between well-defined local Ethiopian poultry ecotypes.  This week, Takele Taye (PhD student ILRI and The University of Nottingham) starts to extract DNA from chicken blood samples collected during the recent field sampling. Takele Taye (PhD student, ILRI and The … Continue reading

Chickens / Ecotypes / Ethiopia / Genetics / Pathogens / Sample Collection

Ethiopian chicken health 4 development project completes second field sampling in November 2011

  The field team (staff and students from ILRI, EIAR, The University of Liverpool, The University of Nottingham and Alemya Agriculture University) have returned from Horro and Jarso Woredas. Chickens sampled in the first season were re-visited and another 400 randomly selected chickens from 8 villages were examined.  Of the chickens examined in May,  5 … Continue reading

Africa / Chickens / Ecotypes / Ethiopia / Genetics / Poultry

Why chicken research for development?

For the November 2011 ‘liveSTOCK Exchange’ event at ILRI, Tadelle Dessie (Chicken Health 4 Development) prepared an issue brief on the importance of research on poultry. In the issue brief, he argues that chicken production promises considerable potential to improve the livelihoods of rapidly increasing populations of developing countries. For many poor people in developing … Continue reading

Africa / Capacity building / Chickens / Ethiopia / Genetics

New MSc students join the Chicken Health 4 Development team

Two MSc students from Ethiopia will be completing their research project with the Chicken Health 4 Development team.  Eskinder Aklilu from Haramaya University Ethiopia, will be investigating ‘On-farm phenotypic characterization of indigenous chickens and chicken production systems in Horro and Jarso Districts, Oromia, Ethiopia’.  Brehanu Abera from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Addis Ababa University … Continue reading

Capacity building / Chickens / Ethiopia / Genetics

Field work training session. March 2011. EIAR, Debre Zeit

A two day training session was held at EIAR, Debre Zeit, 45km south of Addis Ababa. Staff and students from EIAR, ILRI, The University of Nottingham and The University of Liverpool attended the training session.   Following an introduction to the project, staff received practical training in the clinical examination of chickens and the recording phenotypic … Continue reading