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April 30, 2014

Photo: ©Geoffrey M. Attardo, Research Scientist, Yale School of Public Health 

Tsetse fly genome breakthrough brings hope for African farmers

Understanding DNA code for carrier insect will help scientists working to control livestock disease
Scientists have cracked the genetic code of the bloodsucking tsetse fly, prompting hope that the breakthrough will help future efforts to control one of the most devastating livestock diseases in sub-Saharan Africa spread by the insect. Found only in Africa, tsetse flies are vectors for the single-cell parasites that cause trypanosomiasis, or nagana, an often-lethal disease that affects some 3 million animals in the region each year at massive costs to farmers’ livelihoods and food security. [...]

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coverCrop residues and agro-industrial by-products in West Africa
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coverEMPRES-Animal Health 360 Bulletin No.43

 Indigenous Nguni cows - ©FAO/Jon Spaull
Subregional Focal Point for Animal Genetic Resources in Southern Africa set in motion [...]



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