Press releases

Veterinary Medicine

Unique evaluation shows the way for SLU

18 January, 2010 - SLU

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) will be allocating SEK 85 million to already successful research teams, eight of which are of world-class quality, as well as to promising research fields. Some of the funding will also go to the university’s commissioned research. This is the first result of the major evaluation of Quality and Impact that SLU had performed in 2008-2009.

Breakthrough for Swedish Vaccine Research

6 October, 2009 - SLU

A research group at the Department of Microbiology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Uppsala, Sweden has – in collaboration with J-I Flock’s research group at the Karolinska Institutet medical university in Stockholm, the pharmacological company Intervacc AB, Stockholm and the Animal Health Trust in the UK – after many years of research made a breakthrough in finding a vaccine against the horse disease strangle.

Breakthrough for Swedish Vaccine Research

5 October, 2009 - SLU

Tests show good results for a new vaccine against horse strangle disease. In time this may also lead to new vaccines against human diseases.

The Rural Landscapes of Europe – How Man Has Shaped European Nature

15 September, 2009 - Formas

As the six months of Swedish Presidency of the EU gets underway, the Swedish Research Council Formas is publishing an English edition of a book about the European cultural landscape, titled The Rural Landscapes of Europe – How Man has Shaped European Nature. The cultural landscapes and nature in Europe are the result of thousands of years of human impact and constitute our common heritage. Wars, revolutions, and diseases have affected nature. The landscape has been cultivated and become overgrown, back and forth. Forestry, agriculture, and animal husbandry have altered the flora and fauna. The book offers a holistic view of the cultural landscape from both a biological and a historical perspective.

The Geneticist – the dog’s best friend

1 October, 2007 - SLU

In new research, a international team of scientists from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala University and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard identify the genes causing two classical mendelian traits in dogs: white coat color and the dorsal hair ridge in Ridgeback breeds. Both these phenotypes can cause health problems. Many white dogs also suffer hearing loss and ridged dogs are at risk for a neural tube defect known as dermoid sinus. Selective breeding could reduce the incidence of these diseases. The results are reported in the current issue of the scientific journal Nature Genetics.

Life as a dog means faster mutations

7 May, 2007 - Uppsala universitet

It may be hard to see that the Chinese crested dog is descended from the wolf, but it’s easier to grasp that two poodles of different sizes are related. In her dissertation presented on May 3, Susanne Björnefeldt, at the Department of Evolution, Genomics, and Systematics at Uppsala University, shows that dogs of the same breed differ more genetically than was previously thought.

Climatic factors may trigger outbreak of tularaemia (rabbit fever)

13 April, 2005 - Mittuniversitetet

What causes an outbreak of tularaemia (rabbit fever) has until now been a mystery, and where the bacteria go between outbreaks is still unknown. Climatic factors have now been shown to be a possible trigger for outbreaks of the disease in a study carried out by Thomas Palo, Mid Sweden University, and Clas Ahlm and Arne Tärnvik, Umeå University.

Genetic make-up of the hen mapped

10 December, 2004 - Uppsala universitet

Three Swedish research teams have participated in a major international project to map the genetic make-up of the hen. The findings are being presented tomorrow in the prestigious journals Nature and Genome Research. Several scientists from Uppsala University, the Swedish University for Agricultural Sciences (SLU), and the Karolinska Institute are co-authors of the study.