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Global food security under threat from crop and livestock diseases

Virologist and infectious diseases expert Prof John Fazakerley on getting to grips with the inevitable outbreaks

A conversation with virologist and infectious diseases expert Prof John Fazakerley on the myriad threats to the global food supply from pathogen infestations in crops and livestock, and how new genetic and surveillance technologies are lending hope to keeping them check.

Presented by Dr Andi Horvath

Full transcript and more information available here.

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John Fazakerley, MBA, PhD, FRSB, FRCPath, is Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Professor Fazakerley has more than 35 years of experience as a manager, teacher and researcher. He joined the University from the UK, where he was the Director and CEO of the internationally respected Pirbright Institute, a research institute focusing on virus diseases of livestock and viruses that spread from animals to humans.

Prior to that he was Professor of Virology in the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine at the University of Edinburgh. He has also held positions at Cambridge in the UK and at the University of Pennsylvania and the Scripps Research Institute in the United States.

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