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Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011


MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University leaders responded to news that President Barack Obama is recommending $150 million for the next phase of construction for the $650 million National Agro and Bio-Defense Facility. The biosafety level-4 laboratory will be located on the K-State campus and will leverage the university's expertise in animal health and food safety.

Kirk Schulz, K-State president:
"Kansas State University's dedication to food safety and animal health began long before we were selected as the preferred site for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in 2008. As we work toward becoming a top 50 public research university we've also been moving forward with research and other preparation to make this laboratory a part of the K-State community. This commitment from Washington shows just how important research like this is.”

Ron Trewyn, vice president for research:
"Scientists at NBAF will conduct research critical to the safety of our nation's food supply, and K-State researchers will provide vital collaborative work. Funding for the next phase of construction will put them one step closer to tackling threats to our food supply using a biosafety level-4 laboratory. Our researchers already are using the Biosecurity Research Institute at Pat Roberts Hall, a biosafety level-3 laboratory. NBAF will expand the research capabilities available here at K-State."