Research could help industry fight climate change

New research being carried out in Scotland and Africa hopes to defend the meat and livestock industries against climate change.

The University of Edinburgh and Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) have joined forces with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Kenya to launch the initiative which will analyse genetic information to help improve the health and productivity of farmed animals.

The research will analyse livestock genetics to understand what genes enable certain animals to thrive in hot and arid conditions, which the researchers hope will used to ensure livestock levels in the face of global warming. According to Professor Geoff Sims, Vice-Principal of Reaserch at SRUC the findings will have the “potential to transform our international efforts to help improve livestock genetics, enhancing food security but also reducing the environmental impact of global livestock production.”

Professor David Hume, Director of The Roslin Institute, added: “With the threat of rising temperatures due to climate change, the need for affordable techniques to improve farming and food security in warmer climates is becoming a global challenge. We are delighted to announce this new partnership to address the issue, which builds on existing, successful collaborations between our three organisations.”

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