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Biosecurity Research Institute


The Biosecurity Research Institute (BRI) at Pat Roberts Hall on the Kansas State University campus is a unique biocontainment research and education facility. 

The BRI supports comprehensive "farm-to-fork" infectious disease research programs that address threats to plant, animal, and human health.  Home to 113,000 square feet of lab, education, and administrative space, this BSL-3, ABSL-3 and BSL3-Ag facility offers countless research and education opportunities.

The concept for a facility dedicated to the protection of crops, livestock, food, and people from biological threats evolved from two key documents written in 1999. In March 1999, KSU proposed a “Homeland Defense Food Safety, Security and Emergency Preparedness Program”(pdf), and in October 1999 KSU President Jon Wefald presented testimony to the U.S. Senate’s Emerging Threats Subcommittee, describing the “Agricultural Biological Weapons Threat: Food Safety, Security and Emergency Preparedness”(pdf). These documents appear to be as relevant today as they were in 1999 and are an excellent resource for those interested in protecting America's agricultural infrastructure and economy.

View our 2012 Annual Report BRI: The First Five Years (pdf).


A look at some of the research projects at the Biosecurity Research Institute

Kansas State University’s Biosecurity Research Institute is a frontline offensive against pathogens in livestock, insects and plants that threaten food supplies and health. Research at the BRI is conducted by university, industry and governmental scientists. Since opening in 2008, research in … Continue reading


USDA official visits K-State and NBAF site; BRI used to transition and expand agricultural research

Accepting an invitation from Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz, an official from the U.S. Department of Agriculture visited the university’s campus Thursday, Aug. 11. Catherine Woteki, the USDA’s under secretary for research, education and economics and the department chief … Continue reading