Regional News and Events

News

Research aims to lower the cost of IBV vaccine production

Infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) vaccines are currently produced in hen’s eggs – a cumbersome and expensive process – because most IBV strains do not grow in cell cultures. In a step towards making vaccine production more efficient and reducing costs, a team led by Dr Erica Bickerton at The Pirbright Institute identified the exact genetic […]

Consortium to tackle African swine fever and lumpy skin disease

An international partnership of organisations is working together to control the growing African swine fever (ASF) and lumpy skin disease (LSD) epidemics in Europe and neighbouring countries. The need for a collaborative approach to tackle ASF and LSD has been recognised by the European Union Horizon 2020 programme, which has awarded €5.6 million in funding […]

Method developed to detect FMDV in the environment

Sampling the environment is an effective way to detect Foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV), according to a paper published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology. The sampling method, swabbing environmental surfaces where livestock are kept, can be easily performed and can detect viral genetic material that can persist in the environment well beyond the time when livestock […]

Recombinant viral vector for poultry vaccination

Researchers at The Pirbright Institute have developed a new recombinant viral vector-based vaccine that is effective against both Marek’s disease (MD) and infectious bursal disease (IBD). Their study is published in npj Vaccines. Many poultry vaccines currently use a modified herpesvirus of turkeys (HVT) to induce protection. Although these vaccines are effective when used alone, […]

Local immune response to Influenza studied in pigs

Researchers from The Pirbright Institute, University of Bristol, Cardiff University and University of Oxford have developed tools to show how CD8 (killer) T cells in pigs are recruited in large numbers in the lung after infection with influenza or aerosol vaccination. The tools can also be used to identify virus proteins that are recognised by […]

Porcine deltacoronavirus: potential for cross-species transmission?

Researchers have found that Porcine deltacoronavirus (PDCoV) efficiently infects cultured cells of other species, including humans and chickens. The discovery raises concerns about the potential for cross-species transmission. Researchers at The Ohio State University and Utrecht University collaborated to better understand the new virus and its potential reach. Their findings are published in PNAS. Porcine […]

Existing Initiatives in Working Group Fields

A new report mapping current initiatives in the fields of the IRC priority topics has just been published by the Secretariat to the IRC. Initiatives in this case refer to existing research networks/alliances which enables research teams to successfully work together and facilitate communication/collaboration/sharing reagents and resources. The aim was to gather and compile documents […]

Survival of ASFV and other viral pathogens in feed

Researchers have found that African swine fever virus (ASFV) could survive in a simulated Trans-Atlantic feed shipment. The study, published in PLOS ONE, evaluated the survival of ASFV and other important viral pathogens of livestock in animal feed ingredients imported into the United States under simulated transboundary conditions. The viruses were selected based on global […]

STAR-IDAZ IRC Newsletter

The STAR-IDAZ IRC newsletter can be downloaded here: click on Read Full Story:

VetBioNet First Newsletter

The first newsletter from VetBioNet is now available  and the newsletter can be downloaded here. VetBioNet is the  EU-funded ‘Veterinary Biocontained facility Network for excellence in animal infectiology research and experimentation’, an infrastructure project to establish a comprehensive network of  high-containment (BSL3) research facilities, academic institutes, international organisations and industry partners. More information on VetBioNet can […]