Biological and Agricultural Security
The Silicon Valley of Biodefense
In 1999 K-State launched a food-related bio/agro security program that led to the construction of the Biosecurity Research Institute (BRI). The BRI supports comprehensive “farm to fork” infectious disease research programs that address threats to plant, animal, and human health.
The Biosecurity Research Institute and K-State’s location in the Animal Health Corridor helped secure the Department of Homeland Security’s National Bio and Agro-defense Facility, or NBAF, which will replace an aging federal facility currently located on Plum Island, New York.
National Bio and Agro-defense Facility (NBAF)
NBAF is an essential component to the solution of a national challenge to ensure public health and the safety and security of our national food supply. NBAF will be a $1.25 billon, 580,000 square-foot facility that in partnership with K-State will provide integrated research, response and diagnostic capabilities to protect animal and public health.
Biosecurity Research Institute
The Biosecurity Research Institute (BRI), has helped jump-start some of the research planned for NBAF. Kansas State University’s BRI provides state-of-the-art biocontainment infrastructure to allow NBAF research to begin well in advance of it's official opening day. Work began in 2014 on the zoonotic foreign animal diseases, Rift Valley fever and Japanese encephalitis; it expanded to the nonzoonotic threats, classical swine fever and African swine fever in 2015 and 2016, respectively.