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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.
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Coordinator

THE PIRBRIGHT INSTITUTE LBG

Address

Ash Road Pirbright
Gu24 0nf Woking

United Kingdom

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 1 945 777,50

Participants (30)

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SCIENSANO

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 1 015 000

CENTRUM VOOR ONDERZOEK IN DIERGENEESKUNDE EN AGROCHEMIE - CODA

Belgium

FRIEDRICH LOEFFLER INSTITUT - BUNDESFORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUER TIERGESUNDHEIT

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 416 250

SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 500 000

ISTITUTO ZOOPROFILATTICO SPERIMENTALE DELLA LOMBARDIA E DELL'EMILIA ROMAGNA BRUNO UBERTINI

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 330 400

AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH COUNCIL (ARC)

South Africa

EU Contribution

€ 460 000

EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY INSTITUTE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 92 500

SOCIETA ITALIANA DI VETERINARIA E ZOOTECNIA TROPICALE PER LA COOPERAZIONE INTERNAZIONALE - VETERINARI SENZA FRONTIERE ITALIA ASSOCIAZIONE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 108 125

KIMRON VETERINARY INSTITUTE

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 15 625

ZOETIS BELGIUM SA

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 3 125

ID VET

France

EU Contribution

€ 153 125

KLIFOVET AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 3 125

UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA

South Africa

EU Contribution

€ 50 000

ISTITUTO SUPERIORE PER LA PROTEZIONE E LA RICERCA AMBIENTALE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 170 000

COMMONWEALTH SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH ORGANISATION

Australia

MINISTRY OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND FOOD

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 31 250

SCIENTIFIC VETERINARY INSTITUTE NOVI SAD

Serbia

EU Contribution

€ 13 475

THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 113 572

VALSTYBINE MAISTO IR VETERINARIJOS TARNYBA

Lithuania

EU Contribution

€ 55 625

AZERBAIJAN FOOD SAFETY AGENCY

Azerbaijan

EU Contribution

€ 10 625

MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 8 125

FGI FEDERAL CENTRE FOR ANIMAL HEALTH

Russia

MINISTRIA E BUJQESISE DHE ZHVILLIMIT RURAL

Albania

EU Contribution

€ 10 625

JAVNA USTANOVA SPECIJALISTICKA VETERINARSKA LABORATORIJA PODGORICA

Montenegro

EU Contribution

€ 15 625

INSTITUTUL DE DIAGNOSTIC SI SANATATE ANIMALA

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 11 250

VETERINARY SPECIALIST INSTITUTE KRALJEVO

Serbia

EU Contribution

€ 16 775

BULGARIAN FOOD SAFETY AGENCY

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 23 625

RISK ASSESMENT CENTER ON FOOD CHAIN

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 7 625

Ss. CYRIL AND METHODIUS UNIVERSITY IN SKOPJE

North Macedonia

EU Contribution

€ 10 625

ISTANBUL UNIVERSITESI

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 8 125

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 773701

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 June 2018

  • End date

    31 May 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 986 250

  • EU contribution

    € 5 599 999,50

Coordinated by:

THE PIRBRIGHT INSTITUTE LBG

United Kingdom