Detection and identification of infectious diseases

Foresight project looking at the detection and identification of infectious diseases over the next 10 to 25 years.

Infectious disease affects us all. Human diseases have a profound effect in countries across the world, causing premature deaths and disability. Diseases in plants and animals act as barriers to economic development and also threaten ecosystems.

The aim of this project was to produce a long-term vision for the detection and identification of infectious diseases in plants, animals and humans. It took account of: the evolving risk of diseases; changing user requirements for detection and identification; and cutting edge science.

The project involved over 300 leading experts and stakeholders from nearly 30 countries, as well as many international organisations.

More than 60 science reviews, papers and case studies were commissioned to inform the analysis.

The project was sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Project reports


Published 26 April 2006
Last updated 3 April 2014 + show all updates
  1. Mid-term review added.

  2. First published.