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Project manager

Main applicant

SVA

Financier

Swedish Farmers

Start/end

2014 - 2015

New method for virulence determination of the ovine footrot pathogen Dichelobacter nodosus

New method for virulence determination of the ovine footrot pathogen Dichelobacter nodosus

Virulent footrot causes extensive damage to the feet of affected sheep and leads both to animal suffering and economic losses. In the UK, footrot is estimated to cost the industry £24 million annually. In the current situation there is no method for virulence determination of the footrot pathogen Dichelobacter nodosus available in Sweden. Outbreak of virulent footrot risk becoming more common in Swedish sheep in the future because of EU rules on free trade with animals, climate change and reduced funding to the footrot control program. The goal of this project is to develop a test that quickly and cost-effectively can identify potential sheep flocks carrying virulent strains of D. nodosus and can be used as a diagnostic tool in the ongoing control program against footrot. The test would be especially valuable in the control program to ensure that virulent footrot is not present in sheep flocks where the clinic is uncertain.

Last updated : 2015-09-10