Sustainable livestock management is fundamental to achieving global food security. It needs to consider both the demand of a growing global human population for food of animal origin and the challenges imposed by a changing climate. Using nuclear techniques, we develop animal health and production practices to help meet this demand while conserving natural resources.

  • Transboundary and zoonotic animal diseases kill and impair animals, pose challenges to food production and distribution, threaten public health, and affect rural livelihood. Nuclear and related immunological and molecular techniques are essential tools in the early, rapid and accurate diagnoses of such diseases.

  • The intensification of livestock production systems is a prerequisite to meet the growing demand for animal products. Genetic selection, assisted reproductive technologies and optimized reproduction involving nuclear and nuclear-derived technologies support the production of animals that are more productive while retaining their ability to cope in harsh environments.

  • Nutritious feeds and forages constitute a major input for a healthy and productive livestock industry. Using nuclear and related technologies, we help optimize feed resources and feeding practices needed to address both current deficits and future demands of food production from animals.

  • Sustainable development in the livestock industry must meet the demands of the world’s growing population for safe and secure food derived from animals reared under increasingly stringent conditions while protecting the environment. We use nuclear techniques to develop sustainable animal production platforms and systems that meet these criteria.