Christine was particularly interested to hear about how researchers at the Institute are using genome editing and selective breeding to protect animals from diseases and to explore opportunities for joint working on collection and sharing of data on livestock health and disease across the UK.
The day included a series of talks about these areas as well as strategies for control of bovine tuberculosis, foodborne zoonoses and antimicrobial resistance, followed by a tour of the campus and discussions with Professor David Argyle, head of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and Professor Geoff Simm, head of the Global Academy for Agriculture and Food Security.
We are delighted to welcome Christine Middlemiss to The Roslin Institute and to introduce her to our research at Roslin. In particular, we were able to explain recent advances in animal breeding and genome editing as powerful tools to control infectious diseases of livestock and aquaculture species in the UK and beyond.
Professor Eleanor Riley,Director, The Roslin Institute
This was a great opportunity to demonstrate to a key stakeholder how our research across varied disciplines can help farmers to improve agricultural productivity and animal welfare, and to underline the importance of long-term investment in our expertise and infrastructure.
Professor Mark Stevens, Deputy Director, The Roslin Institute
Source: The Roslin Institute