Roger Beachy to Lead World Food Center at UC Davis

Acclaimed plant biologist Roger Beachy has been named founding director of the new World Food Center at the University of California. Beachy is charged with linking transformative research with partnerships to address challenges and opportunities at the intersection of food, agriculture and health.

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Disease: The Next Big One

Sixty percent of human infectious diseases, including the worst of the old ones and the scariest of the new are zoonotic. What are the public health issues to be faced as we prepare for the next global pandemic? What role are disease ecologists playing in the efforts to limit the scope of coming pandemics?

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Animal waste, water quality and human health

Rob Atwill and Xunde Li, in collaboration with the World Health Organization and numerous international scientists, have published a book which is a detailed compilation of scientific information regarding leading waterborne zoonoses from livestock populations, practical intervention strategies to mitigate these risks, human exposure and microbial risk assessment, along with information on regulating water quality using bacterial indicators.

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