Scientists work to protect N. Ireland from bird flu
Scientists are now working on 2 international projects
aimed at protecting Northern Ireland's agri-food industry from bird
The Queen's scientists are working with colleagues from other EU member
states and the Far East in the FLUTEST project to provide improved diagnosis and
early warning systems for bird flu.
Gordon Allan, an Honorary Professor at Queen's who is also a Principal
Scientific Officer in the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI), is leading
researchers from both institutions in the European Commission-funded projects,
which have each been awarded Â£130,000.
Professor Allan: "Both of these viruses pose a significant threat to the
agri-food industry in Northern Ireland and rapid detection of the viruses in any
suspect infected animals is an important step in controlling and eliminating
potential outbreaks," says Professor Allan, adding that it is important to the
agri-food industry of Ireland that researchers, both North and South of the
border, continue to participate in these large EC-funded projects.
"These multinational collaborations enable locally-based scientists to
input expertise but they also gain considerable information from partners around
the world on how to successfully fight the increasing threat to our local
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