Gloworm Meeting Dublin
LABOKLIN searches together with experts from Europe to control helminth infections in livestock.
The title of the project is gloworm.
The 2nd GLOWORM General Assembly/Scientific Meeting was held on 16-17 September 2013 in Dublin to consider the progress to date.
Previous data on the different project parts were presented and discussed.
Good progress of the multispecies- test, developed by the FU Berlin, was reported. Antibodies against Fasciola hepatica, Dictyocaulus vivparus, Ostertagia ostertagi, Haemonchus contortus and Cooperia oncophera will be detectable simultaneously in bovine sera. Furthermore a Lamp-test by the Moredun Research Institute was developed to detect H. contortus. This test approves to be 10times more sensitive than common PCR methods.
A third test detecting SNP‘s (single nucleotide polymorphism), which are responsible for benzimidazole resistance, is under construction.
The second aim of Gloworm is the development of transmission models for several nematode species, which might further lead to control strategies.
The models for Ostertagia ostertagi, Cooperia oncophera, Teladorsagia circumcincta und Haemonchus contortus are in process.
A database for spatial analysis and modeling of gastrointestinal parasite transmission is expected beginning next year.
The university of Ghent presented a web-based tool, ParaCalc®, which enables individual cost analyses of parasitic infections and their treatment approaches and their economic impact.
Further information on the latest research outputs:
News in PCR diagnostics of reptiles
Ranavirus and Picornavirus PCR tests are now available at LABOKLIN. Ranaviruses play a role in reptiles, amphibians, and fishes, Picornaviruses only in tortoises.
Sample material: swabs without medium, tissue.
PCR test for RHD virus now available
Concerning diagnosis of RHD (Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease), a new PCR test is now available at LABOKLIN. RHD is a highly contagious and mostly fatal disease in rabbits of the species Oryctolagus cuniculus.
Sample material: swabs without medium (e.g. conjunctiva), urine, faeces, EDTA blood, tissue (especially liver).