This factsheet provides the latest information on African swine fever.
While the African swine fever (ASF) situation in China has garnered global attention, European officials are stepping up their plans for dealing with the decade-long European outbreak.
As part of AGROGUARD, a community policing program designed to protect the agriculture industry, the Agricultural Reporting Hotline allows anyone to report suspicious activity anonymously. Once reported, the alert is immediately sent as a message to the New Mexico Department of Agriculture biosecurity department for review.
Victoria, Australia police have labelled the actions of animal activists seeking money from the public to carry out illegal activities against farmers as “extremely concerning”.
China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), launched five years ago, includes more than 120 countries, linked by six proposed land-based Economic Corridors between core cities and key ports along traditional international transport routes.
African swine fever has been boiling through China and Eastern Europe over the last few months, killing pigs and racking up big costs for swine producers. Animal health officials want to keep the destructive disease out of the United States, but if it does arrive, they want to snuff it out fast.
Gene-editing technology - including manipulation of the human germline - is advancing rapidly, yet the standards and regulations to govern its use have not kept pace.
The very nature of gene drives, designed to force their genetically-modified characteristics into a population, could make their effects difficult or impossible to reverse.
Panjab University (PU) and Sandia National Laboratories will set up one-of-a-kind Biorisk Management Center at PU. The center will train researchers from various parts of the country on the biosafety and biosecurity aspects of research being carried out in various life sciences disciplines.
Humans act as a main driver of disease transmission, responsible for African swine fever virus introduction to domestic pig farms and long-distance transmission jumps. By transporting contaminated meat and discarding meat products so that they end up as waste or kitchen leftovers in pig stables or in nature inhabited by wild boar.