Consortium to tackle animal disease

PUBLISHED: 19:47 09 April 2008 | UPDATED: 08:23 28 March 2014

APRIL 9, 2008: A new consortium is to be launched in Scotland that will join
the forces of over six hundred scientists to help streamline research
into animal diseases.

According to

the BBC news, the Easter Bush Research Consortium has experts from

Roslin Institute, Scottish Agricultural College, Moredun Research

Institute and Edinburgh University.

A two-day conference in Edinburgh from Monday will mark the EBRC's launch.

The BBC says delegates will address issues such as the spread of

diseases and how to meet the increasing demand for livestock while

minimising environmental impact.

Professor David Hume, director of The Roslin Institute, which recently

joined with the University of Edinburgh, said the new set-up would

create one of the largest concentrations of experts in animal life

sciences in the world.

Research within the EBRC will look at effective disease controls and

treatments, food safety, animal welfare and sustainable management of

farm animals. A major focus will be on the role that genes play in

animal health.

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