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Enhanced surveillance for Scotland

A new animal disease surveillance and research laboratory with the capacity to speed up diagnoses of livestock illnesses has opened in Scotland.

The laboratory, a joint initiative between Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and the Moredun Research Institute, expects to analyse more than a million samples each year and is aiming to become a centre of excellence in disease surveillance and testing.

Tests involving culturing bacteria, which would have previously taken six days, will now be done in less than two days thanks to new equipment at the facility.

SRUC principal Wayne Powell said: ‘Animal health is a cornerstone of a thriving rural economy and the new SRUC veterinary and analytical laboratory offers a step-change in disease surveillance for the whole of the country.

The laboratory, based at the Pentlands Science Park near Edinburgh, opened last week.

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