The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) can announce the grant holders for the Co-fund on International Coordination of Research on Infectious Animal Diseases (ICRAD).
Nine grants have been awarded as part of a large Horizon 2020 ERA-NET project on tackling infectious diseases of livestock.
Funding is made up of:
- £2 million from BBSRC
- £0.6 million from the UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
Professor Melanie Welham, Executive Chair of BBSRC said:
Livestock diseases threaten not only animal health but the integrity of food supply chains, with far-reaching consequences for public health and serious economic impacts upon agriculture and food producers.
Through pan-European co-operation, researchers are coming together under this programme to meet these very real challenges. The funding announced today may prove vital in addressing this pressing issue.
|Project title||Coordinating partner country||UK principal investigator|
|Virulent non-notifiable avian influenza; determinants of virulence of emerging viruses (FluNuance)||The Netherlands (Royal GD)||Lonneke Vervelde, University of Edinburgh (Roslin)|
|Understanding the dynamics and evolution of swine influenza viruses in Europe: relevance for improved intervention and sustainable pig production (PIGIE)||France||Ian BROWN, APHA|
|Tackling chronic wasting disease in Europe (TCWDE)||UK||Fiona Houston University of Edinburgh (Roslin)|
|Decoding a virus Achilles heel: the African swine fever virus interactome (ASFVInt)||France||Christopher Netherton, The Pirbright Institute|
|Nucleic nanovaccines for fish (NucNanoFish)||France||Samuel Martin University of Aberdeen|
|Future rodent management for pig and poultry health (RODENTGATE)||Belgium||Steven Belmain, University of Greenwich|
|Novel strategies to enhance vaccine immunity in neonatal livestock (NEOVACC)||UK||Simon Graham, The Pirbright Institute|
|Plant-based production of glyco-engineered nematode vaccines (Plants4Nemavax)||Belgium||Alasdair Nisbet, Moredun|
|Assessing swine as potential hosts for emerging coronaviruses (ConVErgence)||Italy||Pierre Nouvellet, University of Sussex|
Top image: A meadow with cows taken from the air (credit: Umkehrer/GettyImages)