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Scientists from The Pirbright Institute’s Vaccine Differentiation group have recently returned from Chennai in India, where they conducted a mass peste des petits ruminants (PPR) vaccination campaign and awareness programme. The trip marked the end of a four year collaborative project that has successfully uncovered important details about the PPR virus and generated tools to help eradicate the disease.

With no vaccine to aid the prevention and control of African swine fever, researchers at The Pirbright Institute are joining forces with other research organisations and policy makers to help limit the damage caused by this deadly pig disease. The recent outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in China represents a significant development in the progression of the disease.

Funding has been granted to nine important projects to improve sustainable agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa. SASSA is a £10 million project to address research challenges relating to the sustainable intensification of agricultural systems.