Partnership creates biodefense lab focused on food security

Announcement published in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Nebraska Today. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a member of Bio Nebraska.

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the National Strategic Research Institute at the University of Nebraska will begin a five-year partnership to help safeguard the U.S. food supply.

The new NSRI Collaborative Biosecurity Laboratory will bring together researchers from NSRI and IANR to increase research and development in the following areas:

  • Agricultural and natural resources security, defense and countermeasures;
  • Biological defense in support of the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security and other government stakeholders;
  • Development and deployment of biosurveillance, biodetection and diagnostic tools;
  • Pandemic preparedness related to human, livestock and crop plant diseases that could result in disruptions to the U.S. and global food systems.