The wider impact of our research
We have a strong track record of translating our research into real world solutions, and have worked hard to develop strong and enduring relationships with a broad range of stakeholders nationally and internationally.
Our work has benefitted a range of conservation bodies, animal welfare industry and charities, global health bodies and government policymakers and a broad range of commercial industry. These have come about through our direct engagement with our stakeholders, through work in advisory roles, or partnering in both research and teaching to develop solutions that address conservation, ecosystem and population health issues.
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Our rabies research team played an integral role in the design and ongoing evaluation of canine vaccination programmes to eliminate a rabies epidemic on the island of Bali. These campaigns controlled the spread of rabies in dogs and reduced the incidence of human deaths by over 90% compared with the incidence before the campaigns started.
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Our rabies research team have played important roles in international development, leading directly to major changes in policy, influencing decisions made by government health and veterinary authorities internationally.
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Since 2008 a genetic management plan for African wild dogs, developed by researchers in our Institute, has been in use across the European zoo network (which houses roughly half the world’s captive African wild dog population) in 53 participating zoos across 16 European countries and Israel.
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Research conducted in our College has produced one of the most widely used genetic tests to determine the sex of most bird species. This has provided a commercial tool for diagnostic service providers, and meets a simple – yet key – necessity of captive breeding and re-introduction programmes.
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Up to a quarter of Europe’s marine renewable energy potential is in Scottish waters, but harnessing wind, wave and tidal energy must be sensitive to Scotland’s significant seabird populations. Research from our College is used by industry stakeholders to identify and preserve the conservation status of seabird species most susceptible to such developments.
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Our research has developed a revised surveillance model for bovine tuberculosis (bTB) that underpins a new Scottish Government policy on bTB testing in Scotland. This has exempted 30% of Scottish herds from routine testing, with savings to Government of £150,000/year and a further £100,000 across the farming industry.
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Our research has provided key insights into the basic biology and survival of Scottish langoustine (Nephrops) after capture and driven pioneering reform of the codes of practice of two major UK seafood companies. This reform has directly resulted in improved yields and quality, and led to a Scottish fishery being the first in the UK to be granted an internationally recognised sustainability accreditation.