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"Incubated Worlds

explores genetic diversity of poultry

to boost nutrition and incomes"

International Livestock Research Institute, ILRI, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


Opening of the facility

“I started to work in Ethiopia two years ago,
when we started a foundation to collect the blood samples
of all the chickens.” This work produced a genetic bible,
visualising the 13 million places
where the genetic makeup of the Cosmopolitan Chicken differs
from the reference chicken considered as standard.
This is a lot of diversity —
that’s the key to resilient, fertile chickens
and also the key to my work.”
Koen Vanmechelen.


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