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China farmers warned to avoid illegal African swine fever vaccines

September 4th, 2019 / South China Morning Post

China’s agriculture ministry is warning farmers against using illegal experimental vaccines in the country’s ongoing battle with African swine fever.

In a statement on Monday, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said it had ordered local governments to step up checks and crack down on illegal vaccines.

The move was in …

World’s first honey bee vaccine seeks to save dying pollinators

December 12th, 2018 / Bloomberg, US

A growing number of honey bees die each year due to pesticides, vanishing habitats, poor nutrition and climate change, with potentially disastrous consequences for agriculture and natural diversity.
Now, scientists at the University of Helsinki have developed the first edible vaccine against microbial infections, hoping to save at least some of …

Ghanaian agritech startup Cowtribe planning nationwide coverage

August 28th, 2018 / BizCommunity

Launched in 2016 and recently named winner of the Ghanaian leg of the Seedstars World competition, Cowtribe enables animal vaccines to be ordered via USSD, text and telephone, as well as through a network of community agents.
The startup sources and aggregates genuine and affordable vaccinations from large suppliers, and works …

Searching for biotech solutions to problems plaguing livestock in Africa

June 26th, 2018 / Genetic Literacy Project

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru reports:
In Africa, scientific research involving biotechnology innovations in agriculture has largely focused on finding ways to produce better crops. But, increasingly, researchers in animal sciences are exploring the potential of these new technologies in breeding and disease resistance.
Those efforts are bolstered by the institutions such as …

Plants ‘hijacked’ to make polio vaccine

August 16th, 2017 / BBC

Plants have been “hijacked” to make polio vaccine in a breakthrough with the potential to transform vaccine manufacture, say scientists. The vaccine is an “authentic mimic” of poliovirus called a virus-like particle. As well as helping eliminate polio, the scientists believe their approach could help the world react to unexpected …

Scientists in intensive research effort to eliminate swine fever

June 14th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru writes: Scientists from Makerere University have embarked on a study to analyze the African Swine Fever (ASF), a disease which infects domestic pigs and those in the wild which is a major challenge to farmers raring the animal. The scientists are conducting this research in order …