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Sidebar: Research facilities and programs in the 'Silicon Valley for biodefense'

Monday, Jan. 30, 2017

Biosecurity Research Institute

The university's Biosecurity Research Institute, or BRI, at Pat Roberts Hall is a biosafety level-3 facility that addresses threats to plant, animal, and human health and food contamination through infectious disease and pathogen research. The institute is jump-starting research on NBAF diseases, including Japanese encephalitis, Rift Valley fever, classical swine fever and African swine fever. | Download this photo.


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MANHATTAN — As the "Silicon Valley for biodefense," Kansas State University and Manhattan, Kansas, have numerous facilities, research collaborations and academic programs devoted to agrodefense and biodefense.

• The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's National Bio and Agro-defense Facility, will be a biosafety level-4 laboratory and the country's foremost animal disease research facility. It is under construction adjacent to the Manhattan campus and will replace the aging Plum Island Animal Disease Center in New York.

• The university's Biosecurity Research Institute, or BRI, at Pat Roberts Hall is a biosafety level-3 facility that addresses threats to plant, animal, and human health and food contamination through infectious disease and pathogen research. The institute is jump-starting research on NBAF diseases, including Japanese encephalitis, Rift Valley fever, classical swine fever and African swine fever.

• The university's College of Veterinary Medicine has research strengths in animal health infectious diseases, comparative biomedical science and food safety and security.

• The university's College of Agriculture conducts research in agricultural and horticultural crops, livestock, natural resources and the environment.

• The National Agricultural Biosecurity Center, or NABC, unites biosecurity researchers with federal, state and local agencies to provide a response to emerging agricultural threats.

• The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases, or CEEZAD, develops countermeasures for emerging high-priority animal diseases that can spread to humans. 

• The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Center for Grain and Animal Health Research is home to several research units in Manhattan: the Arthropod-Borne Animal Diseases Research Unit, the Grain Quality and Structure Research Unit and the Hard Winter Wheat and Genetics Research Unit.



Written by

Jennifer Tidball
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jtidball@k-state.edu

At a glance

As the Silicon Valley for biodefense, Kansas State University and Manhattan, Kansas, have numerous facilities, research collaborations and academic programs devoted to agrodefense and biodefense.