The Scottish Government is investing £48M in 2016-2017 for strategic scientific research in the area of rural affairs, food and the environment to a collective group of research organisations in Scotland comprising the Moredun Research Institute, Scotland’s Rural College, Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, James Hutton Institute and Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland.
Moredun will lead on researching endemic diseases of livestock with the aim of improving the health and welfare of animals and the sustainable efficiency of production through prevention and control of disease.
Professor Julie Fitzpatrick, Scientific Director, Moredun Research Institute said,
“We are delighted that the Scottish Government has chosen to make this important investment into scientific research to support innovation in agriculture, environment and food production which will bring great benefits worldwide. Our outputs are focussed on delivering solutions to help prevent and control infectious diseases of livestock to help safeguard global food security and we look forward to working in collaboration with the other Scottish Research Institutes to encourage an inter-disciplinary approach to dealing with challenging topics such as climate change and effective land management to sustain our natural resources."
Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said,
“Scotland is globally renowned as a land of science and innovation and this funding will ensure we maintain our position at the very cutting edge of advances in agriculture, food and the environment. The Scottish Government continues to be a major funder of research in these fields, investing almost £50 million a year in research into crop science, animal health and welfare, human health and wellbeing and global challenges like food security and climate change. Our continued support will ensure Scotland will remain at the forefront of ground-breaking advances that have the potential to transform farming and food production in this country and across the world – building on the successes already achieved.”
Professor Louise Heathwaite, Chief Scientific Adviser for Rural Affairs and Environment said:
“The Scottish Government continues to prioritise and fund strategic science that delivers the evidence base to support policy needs in the rural affairs, food and environment portfolio. Much of this research is delivered through the Scottish research institutes, and has allowed Scotland to build an enviable and unrivalled national capability in land-based science in terms of research platforms, critical infrastructures and skilled people. This national capability benefits the whole Scotland, adding value through partnerships with other research funders such as the UK Research Councils and the EU; with other areas of scientific expertise in Universities; and with users of science such as the farming community.”