Infectious bronchitis is the most economically important infectious disease affecting chickens in the UK, and remains a major problem in the global poultry industry despite the existence of many different vaccines. Infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) vaccines are currently produced in hen's eggs—a cumbersome and expensive process—because most IBV strains do not grow in cell cultures.
News from July 2018
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.