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Princess Royal praises collaborations to safeguard livestock

Princess Royal praises collaborations to safeguard livestock - 24 February 2014. Kevin McCollum, Moredun
News from: Moredun Research Institute

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal congratulated scientists at the Moredun Foundation and Moredun Research Institute today for their collaborations with others across the world and for sharing knowledge and resources to help prevent and control livestock disease. BBSRC funds important research in this area at the institute.

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal on her private tour of Moredun’s labs during her visit. Image: Kevin McCollum, Moredun.
Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal on her private tour of Moredun’s labs during her visit. Image: Kevin McCollum, Moredun.

The Princess Royal was attending a special event, "Challenges in the prevention and control of livestock disease in a changing climate", held at Moredun's headquarters just outside Edinburgh. The event focused on the challenges faced when controlling livestock disease in a changing climate, and how science-policy interactions and coherent knowledge exchange are important in addressing these issues.

During her speech, HRH The Princess Royal stressed that "Education, communication and learning from each other is vital to enable the livestock industry across the world to become more resilient and adaptive to the challenges we currently face and will no doubt face in the future." She added, "Due to the changing climate, competing pressures for land use and a growing global population, the production of safe, nutritious and sustainable food supplies is really important." She continued, "Moredun's research to improve the health and welfare of livestock is as relevant today as it ever was."

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal hears about BBSRC funded research on her private tour of Moredun’s labs during her visit. Image: Kevin McCollum, Moredun.
Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal hears about BBSRC funded research on her private tour of Moredun’s labs during her visit.
Image: Kevin McCollum, Moredun.

The event also marked the launch of the International Knowledge Transfer and Exchange (KTE) Hub for Livestock Health and Welfare. The new Hub will help to facilitate collaborative research projects, workshops, research placements, staff exchanges and the use of new communication technologies to enable independent knowledge about prevention and control of livestock disease to be made as widely accessible in order to benefit all that may need it.

Before leaving, HRH The Princess Royal had a private tour of the laboratories and met scientists from Moredun and a number of their collaborators who are working in immunology, water quality and safeguarding marine mammal health in Scotland.

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