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BBSRC allocates funds for farmyard animals’ health

Six projects looking at threats to farm animal health and welfare, as well as tools to improve it, have been awarded a share of £2 million from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

Funded projects include: a collaboration between the Pirbright Institute in Surrey and the European Bioinformatics Institute into predicting the emerge and spread of viruses transmitted by arthropods; a project at the Roslin Institute near Edinburgh investigating infections in chickens; and a University of Birmingham project into the detection of resistance to antibiotics vital for animal and human health.

The funding constitutes the BBSRC’s contribution to the Animal Health and Welfare ERA-Net programme, a four-year project launched in 2012. ANIHWA is a consortium of 30 organisations from 19 countries from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe with an interest in various livestock including fish, bees and horses, all as food-producing animals.

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