This programme of research investigates infectious agents in farmed animals with the aim of developing effective strategies to control diseases in animals and those that can spread to humans.
Infectious diseases have a dramatic impact on the productivity and welfare of farmed animals. In low- and middle-income countries livestock are often vital to alleviating poverty and hunger, and infections in these animals threaten livelihoods.
Farmed animals can also transmit diseases to humans through the food chain and environment. These zoonoses can be sporadic with outcomes such as sickness and diarrhea or can cause major epidemics exerting high recurring costs to society.
The challenge of infectious disease in livestock is increased by the requirement to reduce the use of anti-microbials, such as antibiotics, that are used in animals to help limit the rise of drug resistance and the spectre of untreatable human infections.
Scientists at Roslin are studying a wide range of diseases that exert a significant burden in production animals. In each case, we seek to identify host and pathogen factors that influence the outcome of infection and devise effective ways to control it.
The programme is split into three themes: