A national centre for poultry health and welfare was officially opened last week by the Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts.
The National Avian Research Facility (NARF) at the University of Edinburgh’s Easter Bush campus will provide a resource for both UK and international researchers studying chicken health and disease.
The £14 million facility, supported by the Biotechnology and Biological Science Research Council (BBSRC), the University of Edinburgh, the Roslin Foundation and the Wellcome Trust, will be a national leader. Its research – dedicated to improving avian health – will have a significant impact on the UK’s economy, which has a multi-million pound poultry industry employing some 35,000 people.
David Willetts said: “Agricultural science and technology is one of the world’s fastest growing markets and we can’t allow the UK to be left behind in the global race.”
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