Researchers from The Pirbright Institute and several Chinese institutes gathered in Zhengzhou, China between 23 and 25 September 2019 to attend the annual UK-China Centre of Excellence for Research on Avian Diseases (CERAD) conference. The event also included an opening ceremony that welcomed the Henan Academy of Agricultural Sciences and Henan Agricultural University as the newest members of the CERAD network.
Researchers at The Pirbright Institute have successfully inserted a scorpion venom gene into mosquitoes, which causes their paralysis after they feed on blood. This particular venom component is specific for arthropods, such as insects and millipedes, and harmless to mammals. Although this concept is not intended for mosquito population control in the field, the mechanism provides scientists with a more flexible tool for modifying mosquitoes, which could be used to design better control methods.
Scientists from The Pirbright Institute and The Roslin Institute have launched The Immunological Toolbox, a website that provides a platform for veterinary researchers to find resources and collaborate. The Toolbox aims to remove barriers to veterinary vaccine development by providing a central database of reagents and aiding information exchange.