Animal Health / Chickens / Disease Control / Ethiopia / ILRI / Laboratory / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Poultry / Sample Collection

Members of the CH4D project team get together in the UK

Members of the CH4D project team got together in May for an enjoyable two day retreat in the Peak District, in Central England. Detailed discussion of current work and results is ensuring ongoing close collaboration between all partners – as well as enabling planning for further activities. Special thanks to Judy for baking delicious chicken … Continue reading

Animal Health / Chickens / Disease Control / Ethiopia / Laboratory / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Poultry

CH4D project presents on infectious bursal disease

At Liverpool, as well as examining what factors make farmers more likely to report disease in their birds, we will be looking at some diseases in more detail, in order to identify potential risk factors for some of the more important diseases. We have already performed some further analyses with infectious bursal disease virus serology, … Continue reading

Animal Health / Chickens / East Africa / Laboratory / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Poultry

Ch4D project hands over the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research laboratory

The laboratory at the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research, which was set up by the project two years ago, has now been handed over to the Ethiopian staff working in poultry research at the Institute. It maintains the capacity to continue serological, bacteriological and coprological testing, and it is hoped that it will continue to … Continue reading

Animal Health / Chickens / East Africa / Ethiopia / Laboratory / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Poultry / Zoonotic Diseases

Update on laboratory work in the chicken health for development project

Chickens have had a variety of samples taken; blood will allow us to look for different diseases which may be circulating in the population, and also allows us to look at the genetics of the local chicken population. We take faeces to look for internal parasites, such as worms and the protozoan parasite Eimeria, which … Continue reading

Animal Health / Chickens / East Africa / Ethiopia / Indigenous Breeds / Laboratory / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Poultry

Token of appreciation to villagers from CH4D project

As a token of appreciation to the villagers who have been supporting the study, the CH4D project team purchased some school books which have been donated to eight schools in two of the project districts (four schools per district) where the projects field work is carried out. It is hoped that this resource can in … 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 / Diagnostics / Ethiopia / Laboratory / Pathogens

High prevalence of Eimeria oocytes in faecal samples collected from indigenous chickens in Horro and Jarso woredas

Lisa Luu, MSc student (University Liverpool) has just completed her research project ‘Coccidiosis in Ethiopian village chickens ; epidemiology and identification of Eimeria species using real time PCR’.  Together with members of the Chicken Health 4 Development team, Lisa’s study has shown that there is a high prevalence of Eimeria oocytes in faecal samples collected … Continue reading