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Symposium: Filling the knowledge gaps in animal disease control, 20 October 2021

A symposium organised by DISCONTOOLS in collaboration with STAR-IDAZ IRC, and hosted by AnimalhealthEurope will be held on the 20 October 2021. This will be a ‘face-to-face’ meeting held in Brussels rather than a virtual meeting that we have become used to. The symposium will draw on the DISCONTOOLS and STAR-IDAZ IRC initiatives to identify […]

OIE report indicates decreasing trend in antimicrobial use

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) recently published its Fifth OIE Annual Report on Antimicrobial Agents Intended for Use in Animals. The report provides details on the global use of antimicrobial agents adjusted for animal biomass for 2017 and interprets the overall findings of the annual data collection on the use of antimicrobial agents […]

Veterinary Vaccinology Landscape Survey: Community Consultation

UKRI-BBSRC, on behalf of the veterinary vaccinology research funders and programme owners, are consulting the research community (including those in academia, funding agencies, industry and others) on the current veterinary vaccinology research and innovation needs, as well as the future perspectives. The overall purpose is to gain a better understanding of the priorities, gaps, and barriers […]

Potential for genetic control of bovine tuberculosis in Africa

Research suggests that it is likely that a group of genes act together to confer resistance to bovine tuberculosis (bTB). The findings, published in Frontiers in Genetics, will support future research, which could help farmers in Africa select and breed cattle that are more likely to be resistant to this disease in the future. The […]

Global Coronavirus Research and Innovation Network: Pre-announcement.

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) are requesting proposals to coordinate coronavirus research in the following areas:  pathogen biology (including the seasonality, transmission, ecology and evolution of coronaviruses); host response; and effective intervention strategies. The call is open to consortia of academics based internationally, with one UK principal investigator acting as the network director. Principal investigators […]

Markers for key health and productivity traits identified in Ethiopian chickens

A study by the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), University of Liverpool, the University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute and partners of the Centre of Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health (CTLGH), has found that birds from two distinct indigenous chicken populations (ecotypes) in Ethiopia share several genetic regions linked to important productivity and disease resistance traits. This […]

Role of the stable fly as a vector of pig pathogens

A Vetmeduni Vienna study investigated stable flies (Stomoxys calcitrans) from Austrian pig farms for the presence of defined swine pathogens. The findings are published in Microorganisms. The blood-sucking insect is frequently found on farms and has direct and indirect influences on animal health. Direct influences can include restlessness, pain due to biting, stress, loss of […]

Genome study will be used to breed more productive and resilient African cattle

Scientists have discovered a set of detailed genetic markers in African cattle that are associated with valuable traits such as heat and drought-tolerance, the capacity to control inflammation and tick infestations, and resistance to trypanosomiasis. The findings, published in Nature Genetics, emerged from a collaborative effort to sequence the genomes of 172 indigenous cattle by […]

STAR-IDAZ IRC and the Global AMR R&D Hub Collaboration

As part of the global initiative to control and counteract the effects of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), today, STAR-IDAZ IRC and the Global AMR R&D Hub [https://globalamrhub.org/] have entered a collaboration partnership. The partnership is based on their common interest to strengthen global research efforts and reduce duplication of research on priority infectious diseases of animals […]

Drug resistant nematodes cost European livestock industry millions each year

A European-wide assessment of the economic burden of gastrointestinal nematodes, Fasciola hepatica (common liver fluke) and Dictyocaulus viviparus (bovine lungworm) infections to the ruminant livestock industry is reported in Preventive Veterinary Medicine. The study estimated that parasitic worms cost the European livestock industry more than €1.8 billion per year, with drug-resistance costing at least €38 […]