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Addressing the dual emerging threats of African Swine Fever and Lumpy Skin Disease in Europe (DEFEND)

Objective

The DEFEND consortium will target two viral diseases of livestock which are emerging into Europe – African swine fever (ASF) and lumpy skin disease (LSD).
African swine fever virus (ASFV) is the causative agent of ASF, a highly contagious disease of domestic pigs which causes a haemorrhagic syndrome with up to 100% mortality. ASF is endemic in sub-Saharan Africa and on the Italian island of Sardinia. In 2007 the disease was reported in Georgia. Since then it has spread to Russia, Ukraine, Poland and neighbouring countries. In 2017 outbreaks were reported in the Czech Republic and Romania. Wild boar are susceptible to ASFV and facilitate the continuing spread of the disease in Europe with regular spill-over into in-contact domestic pigs.
The capripoxvirus Lumpy Skin Disease virus (LSDV) causes a classic systemic poxvirus disease in cattle and spreads rapidly in warm humid conditions, most likely due to insect-borne transmission. LSDV entered Europe, the Balkans and Caucasus for the first time in 2015. The ongoing epidemic has caused the deaths of thousands of cattle through mortality and eradication campaigns.
ASFV and LSDV represent an immediate and serious threat to the pig and cattle industries in Europe and eastern and central Asia. The aim of the consortium is to control the growing LSD and ASF epidemics in Europe and neighbouring countries by understanding the drivers of LSDV and ASFV emergence, and generating research outputs which underpin novel diagnostic tools and vaccines and authenticate appropriate and rapid responses by decision-makers. A multi-actor approach will be incorporated as a central tenant of the project, with collaborations between experts from academia, industry, and government bodies including EU and non-EU partners from countries affected or threatened by ASF and LSD.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/microbiology/virology
  • /social sciences/sociology/demography/mortality

Call for proposal

H2020-SFS-2017-2
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

THE PIRBRIGHT INSTITUTE LBG
Address
Ash Road Pirbright
GU24 0NF Woking
United Kingdom
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 942 276,50

Participants (31)

SCIENSANO
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 1 015 000
Address
Juliette Wytsmanstraat 14
1050 Elsene
Activity type
Research Organisations
FRIEDRICH LOEFFLER INSTITUT - BUNDESFORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUER TIERGESUNDHEIT
Germany
EU contribution
€ 416 250
Address
Sudufer 10
17493 Greifswald-insel Riems
Activity type
Research Organisations
SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 500 000
Address
Almas Alle 8
750 07 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ISTITUTO ZOOPROFILATTICO SPERIMENTALE DELLA LOMBARDIA E DELL'EMILIA ROMAGNA BRUNO UBERTINI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 330 400
Address
Via Antonio Bianchi 9
25124 Brescia
Activity type
Research Organisations
AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH COUNCIL (ARC)
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 460 000
Address
1134 Park Street, Hatfield
0083 Pretoria
Activity type
Research Organisations
EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY INSTITUTE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 92 500
Address
Via Dei Roccettini 9
50014 Fiesole
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SOCIETA ITALIANA DI VETERINARIA E ZOOTECNIA TROPICALE PER LA COOPERAZIONE INTERNAZIONALE - VETERINARI SENZA FRONTIERE ITALIA ASSOCIAZIONE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 108 125
Address
Viale Dell Universita 10
35020 Legnaro
Activity type
Research Organisations
KIMRON VETERINARY INSTITUTE

Participation ended

Israel
EU contribution
€ 15 625
Address
Kimron Street 1
50250 Rishon L'tzion
Activity type
Research Organisations
ZOETIS BELGIUM SA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 1
Address
Rue Laid Burniat 1
1348 Louvain La Neuve
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ID VET
France
EU contribution
€ 153 125
Address
Rue Pasteur 310 Zac Euromedicine Ii
34790 Grabels
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
KLIFOVET AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 3 125
Address
Geyerspergerstrasse 27
80689 Munchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 50 000
Address
Lynnwood Road
0002 Pretoria
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ISTITUTO SUPERIORE PER LA PROTEZIONE E LA RICERCA AMBIENTALE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 170 000
Address
Via Vitaliano Brancati 48
00144 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
COMMONWEALTH SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH ORGANISATION
Australia
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Clunies Ross Street Csiro Black Mountain Science And Innovation Park
2601 Acton Act
Activity type
Research Organisations
MINISTRY OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND FOOD
Greece
EU contribution
€ 31 250
Address
Acharnon Street 2
10176 Athens
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
SCIENTIFIC VETERINARY INSTITUTE NOVI SAD
Serbia
EU contribution
€ 16 787,50
Address
Rumenacki Put
21000 Novi Sad
Activity type
Other
THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 113 572
Address
Wellington Square University Offices
OX1 2JD Oxford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
VALSTYBINE MAISTO IR VETERINARIJOS TARNYBA
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 55 625
Address
Siesiku Gatve 19
07170 Vilnius
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
AZERBAIJAN FOOD SAFETY AGENCY
Azerbaijan
EU contribution
€ 10 625
Address
Baku, Nesimi District, M. Mirqasimov, Street 1A
AZ1022 Baku
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 8 125
Address
Eskişehir Yolu 9. Km
06000 Ankara
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
FGI FEDERAL CENTRE FOR ANIMAL HEALTH
Russia
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Jur Evets
600901 Vladimir
Activity type
Research Organisations
MINISTRIA E BUJQESISE DHE ZHVILLIMIT RURAL

Participation ended

Albania
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
"Bulevardi ""Deshmoret E Kombit"" Nr 2"
1001 Tirana
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
JAVNA USTANOVA SPECIJALISTICKA VETERINARSKA LABORATORIJA PODGORICA
Montenegro
EU contribution
€ 15 625
Address
Bulevar Dzordza Vasingtona Bb
81000 Podgorica
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
INSTITUTUL DE DIAGNOSTIC SI SANATATE ANIMALA
Romania
EU contribution
€ 11 250
Address
Strada Dr Nicolae D. Staicovici Nr.63
76202 Bucuresti
Activity type
Other
VETERINARY SPECIALIST INSTITUTE KRALJEVO
Serbia
EU contribution
€ 20 087,50
Address
Zicka 34
36000 Kraljevo
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
BULGARIAN FOOD SAFETY AGENCY
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 23 625
Address
Bulevard Pencho Slaveikov 15 A
1606 Sofia
Activity type
Research Organisations
RISK ASSESMENT CENTER ON FOOD CHAIN
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 7 625
Address
136 Tsar Boris Iii Blvd
1618 Sofia
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Ss. CYRIL AND METHODIUS UNIVERSITY IN SKOPJE
North Macedonia
EU contribution
€ 10 625
Address
Blvd Goce Delcev 9
1000 Skopje
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ISTANBUL UNIVERSITESI

Participation ended

Turkey
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Istanbul Universitesi Center Campus Beyazit Eminonu
34452 Istanbul
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITETI BUJQESOR I TIRANES
Albania
EU contribution
€ 10 625
Address
Kamez
1001 Tirana
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ISTANBUL UNIVERSITESI - CERRAHPASA
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 8 125
Address
Istanbul Universitesi Cerrahpasa Main Campus Rectorship Building Avcilar
34320 Istanbul
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments