Leading Scottish institutions join fight against coronavirus

Scientific institutions, which normally deal with livestock diseases, environmental security and nutrition, have all offered to help fight coronavirus instead.

By Neil McGrory, Local Democracy Reporter
Monday, 27th April 2020, 3:40 pm
The three  institutions normally deal with livestock diseases and environmental security
The three institutions normally deal with livestock diseases and environmental security

Environment secretary Roseanna Cunningham has thanked the James Hutton Institute, Scottish Rural College and Rowett Institute for providing technology to help with testing, protective equipment and volunteer staff.

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She said: “Scotland is proud to have some of the world’s leading science and research institutions. During this unprecedented global pandemic, the response of our research institutions in volunteering staff and laboratory equipment has been great to see.

“In the long term, their collective expertise and resources could make a huge difference in accelerating our understanding of, and refining our response to, this virus.

“More immediately, the provision of PPE and laboratory equipment will help our frontline NHS staff to carry on with the incredible work they are doing.”