The Princess Royal has praised scientists at the Moredun Foundation and Moredun Research Institute for their collaborations and work to help prevent and control livestock disease.
Princess Anne was attending a special event – “Challenges in the prevention and control of livestock disease in a changing climate” – held at the Moredun, near Edinburgh.
The workshop attracted more than 100 delegates from the agricultural, veterinary and research sectors around the world.
During her speech, Princess Anne acknowledged Moredun’s principles of discovery, collaboration and sharing knowledge to develop vaccines, diagnostic tests and advice for livestock keepers. The Princess said: “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.”
The event also marked the launch of the international Knowledge Transfer and Exchange (KTE) hub for livestock health and welfare. This hub aims to develop Moredun’s partnerships across the world to combat livestock disease. The hub will help to facilitate collaborative research, workshops, staff exchanges and new communication technologies to enable knowledge about prevention and control of livestock disease.
Professor Julie Fitzpatrick, scientific director and chief executive of Moredun, said: “Scotland may be a relatively small country, but it makes a real impact in innovative research and its translation into practice. The issue of global food security will be with us for decades to come, and if we are to feed the estimated human population, we need to ensure food-producing species are biologically efficient and have optimal health and welfare.”