Published Tuesday, 13th February 2018 in Research at SRUC news
An SRUC professor recently appeared on the famous One Show sofa to talk to a BBC audience of millions about the fascinating research at the Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics & Health.
Sitting alongside Downton Abbey star Dame Penelope Winton, Professor Eileen Wall told hosts Alex Jones and Matt Baker all about the project, which aims to improve the health and productivity of farmed animals in tropical climates.
The centre is a joint venture between SRUC, the University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute, and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).
SRUC’s Professor in Integrative Livestock Genetics made her appearance shortly after the announcement of a £4 million boost from the Department for International Development (DFID).
The funding will enable scientists in Scotland, Africa, Australia and the USA to tackle challenges faced by livestock farmers in sub-Saharan Africa by improving the productivity of livestock breeds available to small-holder farmers and enhance the animals’ resilience and resistance to disease.
Prof Wall said: “It was a fantastic opportunity to appear on the One Show and share the great work being done at the centre to a wider audience. It was really interesting to see up close how shows like this are pulled together and with such a tight turnaround.
“It’s clear from the feedback and messages I’ve received since my live TV debut how useful such opportunities are for raising the profile of the work we do in SRUC.”
Watch the full episode here, with Prof Wall’s appearance starting 27 minutes in: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09pr5s5
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