A multi-million pound research programme to combat livestock diseases and help ensure safe food supplies has been announced in Britain and the US.

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the US Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) are jointly funding five research projects.

BBSRC is giving £2.3m and NIFA $2.3m to the US-UK Collaborative Animal Health and Disease and Veterinary Immune Reagents programme.

Researchers will look at biological and physiological mechanisms in relation to disease prevention in ruminants (cattle, goat, sheep), swine, poultry, equine and aquaculture species.

The projects will address the development of immune reagents, breeding for genetic resistance to disease, studying the ecology of diseases spread by vector insects, and developing improved vaccines.

Global food supply and food security are directly affected by animal production and health and the two organisations say the discoveries made through these projects will improve animal health and well-being, enhance production efficiency, and support the safety of animal products by addressing challenges facing animal agriculture.

BBSRC deputy chief executive (international) Steve Visscher said: “A growing world population means safe and secure food supplies are going to become more and more important in the years to come.

“The scale of such challenges requires increased international collaboration, and this partnership of co-investment between BBSRC and NIFA will allow world-leading researchers in both countries to work together to combat livestock diseases and safeguard food supplies.”

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