The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Food, Agriculture, and Veterinary Defense (FAV-D) project coordinates research and development (R&D) initiatives based on DHS components requirements. Chiefly, to prevent, protect, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the intentional or natural introduction of high-consequence threat agents affecting food and agriculture.
Food and Agriculture
The Plum Island Animal Disease Center recently received word that studies of the nearshore waters and seafloor surrounding the lab have found a thriving ecosystem and pristine waters.
DHS S&T announced that NBAF earned a “Gold” certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program developed by the U.S. Green Building Council.
S&T worked with the Borders, Trade, and Immigration Institute Center of Excellence on cutting-edge forensic science to identify the country of origin of imported honey.
S&T is studying how anhydrous ammonia behaves during a potential leak or spill, whether accidental or intentional, in order to inform planning efforts in communities across the nation.
With up to a 100 percent mortality rate in pigs, African Swine Fever continues to spread in Asia, Europe and Africa. DHS S&T is meeting this emerging threat now with a newly published Master Question List.
S&T released today the ASF Master Question List (MQL), a comprehensive resource that provides an up-to-date authoritative summary of publicly available information about the virus to promote coordinated research and improved emergency response preparedness.