Mourad Rekik
Principal Scientist - Small Ruminant Physiology and management

Dr. Mourad Rekik is a livestock scientist with more than 25 years of experience in animal reproduction and small ruminants’ production and management in drylands. His expertise includes sheep and goat reproduction, and its interaction with nutrition, health, and genetics. His current research interests focus on boosting the resilience and productivity of livestock production systems at the household level, and attenuating the impact of environmental and economic stressors.

Prior to joining ICARDA, Dr. Rekik was a researcher and lecturer at several universities in Tunisia, and coordinated research-for-development projects involving multidisciplinary teams. He served as a member of the British Society of Animal Science and the FAO-CIHEAM network on sheep and goats nutrition. Dr. Rekik is author of more than 80 peer-reviewed journal publications, book chapters, and conference papers. He holds a Ph.D. in animal production from the University of Reading in the United Kingdom.

Mourad Rekik's Publications

A climate-based model for tick life cycle: positive semigroup theory on Cauchy problem approach
Genome variation in tick infestation and cryptic divergence in Tunisian indigenous sheep
Better Crop-Livestock Integration for Enhanced Agricultural System Resilience and Food Security in the Changing Climate: Case Study from Low-Rainfall Areas of North Africa
Tolerance capability of desert sheep and goats to exercise heat stress under hot dry conditions, and its correlation with their production performance
Three easy fixes for sire use can enhance genetic progress in  community-based breeding programmes
Tunisian Consumer Quality Perception and Preferences for Dairy Products: Do Health and Sustainability Matter?
Presence of antibodies to Crimean Congo haemorrhagic fever virus in sheep in Tunisia, North Africa
Converting multi-trait breeding objectives into operative selection indexes to ensure genetic gains in low-input sheep and goat breeding programmes
Phenology and phylogeny of Hyalomma spp. ticks infesting one-humped camels (Camelus dromedarius) in the Tunisian Saharan bioclimatic zone
Genome-wide insights on gastrointestinal nematode resistance in autochthonous Tunisian sheep
Molecular detection of Toxoplasma gondii and Sarcocystis spp. co-infection in Tunisian Merguez, a traditional processed sausage beef meat
Epidemiological investigation of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever virus infection among the one-humped camels (Camelus dromedarius) in southern Tunisia
Estimates of genetic parameters and trends for reproduction traits in Bonga sheep, Ethiopia
Field synchronization of Ethiopian Highland sheep for fixed time artificial insemination: improvement of conception rate with a double injection of prostaglandin at 11 days
Seroprevalence of anti‐Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis antibodies in female sheep in Tunisia
Community-based sheep breeding programs generated substantial genetic gains and socioeconomic benefits
Individual variability among autochthonous sheep in Northern Tunisia to infection by abomasum nematodes and Babesia/Theileria parasites
Increased number of large non‐atretic follicles and co‐dominance effects account for high litter sizes in Bonga sheep
Neospora caninum Natural Infection in Tunisian Rams: Serological Study and Molecular Identification of Infection in Semen
Genome‑wide scans identify known and novel regions associated with prolifcacy and reproduction traits in a sub‑Saharan African indigenous sheep (Ovis aries)
Infestation of small ruminants by the metacestode stage of Taenia hydatigena in slaughterhouse, North East Tunisia
Community‐based breeding programmes are a viable solution for Ethiopian small ruminant genetic improvement but require public and private investments
Risk Factors for Reproductive Disorders and Major Infectious Causes of Abortion in Sheep in the Highlands of Ethiopia
Genetic progress and economic benefit of community-based breeding programs for sheep out- and upscaling options in Ethiopia
Effect of supplementation by cactus (Opuntia ficus indica f. inermis) cladodes on reproductive response and some blood metabolites of female goat on pre-mating phase
Chamomile Methanolic Extract Mitigates Small Bowel Inflammation and ROS Overload Related to the Intestinal Nematodes Infection in Mice
Toxoplasma gondii infection and toxoplasmosis in North Africa: a review
Livelihoods Strategies and Household Resilience to Food Insecurity: A Case Study from Rural Tunisia
Molecular survey and genetic characterization of Anaplasma centrale, A. marginale and A. bovis in cattle from Algeria
Molecular detection and phylogenetic analyses of Toxoplasma gondii from naturally infected sheep in Northern and Central Tunisia
High- milking sheep have a lower ovulation rate and tend to yield fewer embryos in response to superovulation and intrauterine artificial insemination
FecXBar a Novel BMP15 mutation responsible for prolificacy and female sterility in Tunisian Barbarine Sheep
Feed supplementation improves estrus response and increases fertility of sheep induced to breed out of season
GnRH and prostaglandin-based synchronization protocols as alternatives to progestogen-based treatments in sheep
Potential anthelmintic effect of Capparis spinosa (Capparidaceae) as related to its polyphenolic content and antioxidant activity
First report of the in vitro nematicidal effects of camel milk
Journal Article
September 15, 2016

Antipathogenic properties of camel milk have been investigated to substitute for drugs hence overcome
drug resistance. The main objective of this present study was to investigate the anthelmintic activity of
camel milk in relationship to its chemical...

Effect of the infection with the nematode Haemonchus contortus (Strongylida: Trichostrongylidae) on the haematological, biochemical, clinical and reproductive traits in rams
First Molecular Identification and Genetic Characterization of Theileria lestoquardi in Sheep of the Maghreb Region
Correlation of polyphenolic content with radical-scavenging capacity and anthelmintic effects of Rubus ulmifolius (Rosaceae) against Haemonchus contortus
Recurrent 3-day cycles of water deprivation for over a month depress mating behaviour but not semen characteristics of adult rams
Strategic Feeding Alternating a 2-months’ Feeding Restriction and a Short Boost of the Feeding Level Increases Conception Rate in Sheep
Chemical composition, insecticidal and in vitro anthelmintic activitiesof Ruta chalepensis (Rutaceae) essential oil
Melatonin administration enhances the reproductive capacity of young rams under a southern Mediterranean environment
First molecular isolation of Mycoplasma ovis from small ruminants in North Africa
Non-genetic sources of variation of milk production and reproduction and interactions between both classes of traits in Sicilo-Sarde dairy sheep
Efficiency of Oestrous Synchronization by GnRH, Prostaglandins and Socio-Sexual Cues in the North African Maure Goats
Prevalence of piroplasms in small ruminants in North-West Tunisia and the first genetic characterisation of Babesia ovis in Africa