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Topical issues under the spotlight, with perspective from our researchers.

Test could transform care for costly cattle disease 

A tsetse fly perched on a twig
Efforts to develop a field-side test for animal trypanosomiasis could transform management of the common, costly infection in smallholder farms. 

Snapshot of poultry science captured in research chronicle

Chicken Looking
Fourth Report on Chicken Genes and Chromosomes collates a diverse body of work in a profile of scientific research. 

Severe bird flu season brings impetus to tackling virus

A colony of gannets is seen nesting on Bass Rock in Scotland.
Damaging, long-term outbreak highlights need for scientific interventions to track and target disease in poultry.

Working towards lice-resistant salmon

Atlantic Salmon
£1.7m study aims to identify genetic mechanisms that could make Atlantic salmon resistant to a key parasite.

High-tech facility shows molecules in a new light

High Tech Facility
Specialist scientific instruments enable discovery-led studies.

Pig studies aim to inform dementia treatments

Young adult female pig being weighed
Pigs with genes linked to microvascular disease offer critical insight into how the condition affects humans.

Contact tracing offers route to manage bovine TB

Feeding Cattle
Genetic analysis of infections can be applied to trace cattle disease outbreaks over space and time.

Sustainable farming in low-income countries

Pecking chicken
Caring for smallholder livestock brings challenges in contrast with those found in industrialised production.

DNA insights could help feed the world sustainably

Sheep in field in Scotland with lake and hills behind.
Scientists will generate resources based on genetic data to support sustainable food production for a growing population.

Research supports sustainable growth in fish farming

Atlantic salmon farm in Tasmania
Developments in genetics are helping to meet the challenge of producing farmed fish and shellfish, to provide nourishment to many.

Welfare concerns raised over chlorinated chicken

Chicken Looking
Imports of chlorine-washed poultry could impact on UK quality standards.

Lessons from the latest coronavirus

scientist working in a lab
The global effort to tackle Covid-19 has underscored the strength of collaboration and a broad research base.