21 Jun 2022

UK’s top scientists join forces to battle bird flu outbreaks

Some of the UK’s top scientists are set to join forces in a major new research consortium in the UK’s battle against bird flu, it has been…

UK’s top scientists join forces to battle bird flu outbreaks

Some of the UK’s top scientists are set to join forces in a major new research consortium in the UK’s battle against bird flu, it has been announced today (Monday 20 June).

The eight-strong consortium, headed by the world-leading research team at the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), has received £1.5 million from the Biotechnology and Biosciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and has been tasked with developing new strategies to tackle future bird flu outbreaks.

This year’s bird flu outbreak has been the largest and longest ever experienced in the UK and in many parts of Europe. The outbreak started earlier than previous years after the virus continued to circulate in Europe over the summer of 2021 and led to over 100 cases in the UK.

It is hoped the consortium will be able to find new ways to contain future outbreaks. The news will be a significant boost to the UK’s poultry sector and rural economy, which has experienced significant disruption from this year’s outbreak with compulsory indoor housing measures put in place to protect poultry from this horrible disease.

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The consortium will focus on building our understanding in a number of key areas, including:

UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer Christine Middlemiss said:

This new consortium will allow us to combine our expertise at a national level to increase the speed and quality of our research, ensuring we can develop new strategies to aid our efforts against this insidious disease and 

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