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Infectious bursal disease virus: new method developed to screen vaccine candidates

Researchers at The Pirbright Institute have developed new tools and techniques to determine the breadth of immune responses produced by vaccines against different variants of infectious bursal disease virus (IBDV). Their study is published in the Journal of Virology. Eight IBDV genogroups have been identified and there are several variants of IBDV spreading in different […]

European project aims to develop innovative vaccines and diagnostics for livestock reproductive diseases

The goal of a 5-year project involving 16 partners representing 7 European countries (Italy, UK, Spain, France, Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland) is to develop new and improved vaccines and diagnostic tools to better control livestock reproductive diseases with worldwide impact. The REPRODIVAC project, funded through the Horizon Europe framework programme, will focus on four priority […]

Seasons Greetings from SIRCAH2!

To our STAR-IDAZ IRC Colleagues. Our best wishes for the festive season and we look forward to seeing you all in 2023! Many thanks for all of your continued support throughout 2022!

Biotic concerns in generating molecular diagnosis matrixes for 4 avian viruses

Irit Davidson from the STAR-IDAZ scientific committee published this paper  BIOTIC – JVM pdf in 2019 on the “Biotic concerns in generating molecular diagnosis with emphasis on Marek’s disease virus” in the Journal of Virological Methods. The paper discusses the biotic factors and the complexities that became evident with the evolution of the novel molecular diagnostic […]

Mucosal vaccination protects mice against Brucella infection

Researchers at the University of Florida have demonstrated the efficacy of a novel vaccine for the protection of mice against Brucella melitensis infection. Their findings are published in Frontiers in Immunology. David Pascual and colleagues found that a live, attenuated vaccine delivered orally followed by an intranasal boost induced robust production of T cells in […]

The ISIDORe Preparedness programme is now ready!

The ISIDORe Preparedness programme is now ready and that the new calls for proposals are open to applications for free of charge access to the consortium facilities and services! To prevent future pandemics, and advance the development of the appropriate medical countermeasures, the ISIDORe preparedness programme includes a list of priority preparedness pathogens clustered in […]

FAO and WOAH launch next phase of PPR eradication programme

An event was held on 4th November at the Rome headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to mark the publication of a book celebrating the eradication of rinderpest and to launch the next phase of the peste des petits ruminants (PPR) Global Eradication Programme. Co-authored by FAO and the […]

Whole genome sequencing of Moraxella bovis identifies two major genotypes

Researchers in the USA have revealed that there are two different genotypes of Moraxella bovis, a bacterium that causes infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis (IBK, also known as ‘pinkeye’), an economically significant and painful eye disease that affects cattle worldwide. The findings, published in BMC Microbiology, will help researchers understand how different types of M. bovis cause […]

Highly pathogenic avian influenza: 2021-2022 epidemic is the largest ever observed in Europe

An unprecedented number of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus detections were reported in wild and domestic birds from June to September in Europe, according to the latest overview by the European Food Safety Authority, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the EU reference laboratory. Between 11 June and 9 September 2022, […]

SIRCAH2 begins!

SIRCAH2, the new Secretariat of STAR-IDAZ IRC on Animal Health project , began on 1st October 2022. With further funding from the European Commission, the secretariat will continue supporting the STAR-IDAZ International Research Consortium for the next 4.5 years. Building on previous collaborations in SIRCAH, Kreavet, CABI, DEFRA, BBRSC and WOAH will work together to […]