During a recent visit to the University of Edinburg’s Easter Bush campus, Lord de Mauley, UK parliamentary under secretary of state for natural environment and science, was provided with an overview the National Avian Research Facility, which is based at the campus.

Lord de Mauley was briefed on the aims for the facility, which include addressing the need for improved sustainability in poultry production in light of an increasing global population, developing vaccines against infections and benefiting human health through reducing food-borne diseases.

The under secretary’s visit to the Easter Bush campus included discussions about animal health and welfare with researchers from The Roslin Institute, the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies (RSVS) and Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) who are based at the Easter Bush campus. Food safety issues were also addressed in the visit.

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"The Roslin Institute is the UK's leading farm animal research institution and SRUC is a brilliant model for disseminating new technology to farmers across Britain and the world," said de Mauley.

The visit offered an opportunity to highlight the close links that The Roslin Institute and RSVS have with SRUC. Research at The Roslin Institute is focused on the health and welfare of animals, applications of basic animal sciences in human and veterinary medicine, the livestock industry and food security.