To bee, or not to bee? It’s not really a question for Dr Mark Fife, leader of the Genetics and Genomics group at The Pirbright Institute, who has installed two hives on site and whose honey bees (Apis mellifera) produced 42 pounds of honey in the first crop this summer, about enough for 80 small jars.
African swine fever (ASF) and lumpy skin disease (LSD) represent an immediate and serious threat to the pig and cattle industries in Europe and eastern and central Asia. The need for a more collaborative approach to tackle these diseases has been recognised by the European Union Horizon 2020 programme, which has awarded €5.6 million in funding to a 31 member consortium called DEFEND.
World Zoonoses Day on 6 July is dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of zoonoses – diseases that spread from animals to humans. Zoonoses are a focus of research at The Pirbright Institute, a national research centre that works to enhance the UK’s capability to contain, control and eliminate viral diseases of livestock and those that can spread from animals to humans. Nipah virus (NiV) infection is an example of a newly emerging zoonotic virus that infects and causes disease in a wide range of animals as well as humans.