Edinburgh Napier University has formalised a partnership with Moredun, the research institute that promotes livestock health.

The Moredun Group, which is based in Penicuik, south of the Scottish capital, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the university that will see greater collaboration between researchers from each institution.

The two have already worked together on a number of projects, including examining farmers’ attitudes to emerging livestock diseases such as the Schmallenberg virus and testing vaccines to combat parasites.

New strands of research will also focus on land management issues, specifically with regard to livestock health and long-term food security, and understanding the sociological implications of new policy and uptake of new interventions.

Andrea Nolan, principal and vice-chancellor of Edinburgh Napier University said the agreement built on its long-standing and successful relationship with Moredun and its highly-respected team of researchers.

“It will encourage more mutually beneficial cross-working and development opportunities for our staff, including opening up new areas for joint research projects that deliver real impact for farmers, landowners and the public,” Prof Nolan said.

Julie Fitzpatrick, Moredun Research Institute scientific director and group chief executive officer said it was delighted to be working more closely with the university.

“We can see real benefits from the opportunities provided by interdisciplinary collaboration to enable both organisations to make a real impact in enabling new technologies and developments to be used effectively where they are most needed,” Prof Fitzpatrick said.

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