The Society supports the principle of dual-use research for legitimate scientific purposes, as defined by the National Science Advisory Board on Biosecurity.
Endemic livestock diseases are found in cows, pigs, sheep and poultry and include mastitis, tuberculosis, avian colibacillosis, and salmonellosis. They are caused by infectious micro-organisms, some of which rapidly evolve to escape control.
Fusarium wilt is caused by a fungus, Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense. The TR4 strain targets Cavendish bananas, as well as many other banana varieties.