Researchers at the BRI include scientists from Kansas State University, USDA-ARS Arthropod-Borne Animal Disease Research, and other locations. These researchers study a wide range of disease-causing pathogens. Among these are agents causing zoonotic diseases - those affecting both animals and humans - as well as animal-only pathogens and microbes involved in plant disease. Research underway at the Institute or pathogens recently studied include Rift Valley fever, which is a zoonotic disease transmitted by mosquitoes to livestock and which can be deadly to humans; Schmallenberg virus, which causes still births in cattle, sheep and goats; classical swine fever; African swine fever; Japanese encephalitis virus; chikungunya; yellow fever; wheat blast, a fungus that makes the plant produce shriveled seed or no seed at all; E. coli, avian influenza, and the Zika virus.
The BRI provides a unique opportunity for collaborative research involving Kansas State University researchers and scientists from other academic, federal, and private research institutions. The facilities are available for use by scientists working within our multidisciplinary focus areas. If you are interested in conducting research at the BRI, contact the Director.
Areas of emphasis include:
- Basic biology of pathogens of animals, humans, or plants
- Diagnostic technology development for rapid and accurate disease detection
- Vaccine development, testing, and validation
- Detection of pathogens in food — pre- and post-harvest
- Food safety and security in food processing
- Contamination control — mitigation and decontamination
- Disease transmission between hosts and vectors
The BRI has several specialized spaces to facilitate animal, plant, and laboratory work. Read more about BRI research spaces.
The BRI has an experienced and capable research support team to help you conduct your work safely, efficiently and effectively. Read more about BRI research support services.