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DAFM National Call 2011 11 S 141 UCD (Teagasc, CIT, AFBI, QUB) 1,496,739

Project Title:

Multidisciplinary programme to deliver improved diagnosis, on-farm strategies, and economic drivers for the control of Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis on Irish farms

Project Coordinator:

Dr. Bryan Markey

Project Abstract

This project will address the major problems faced in any attempt to control infection with Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis in Irish cattle (Improved Control of MAP: ICONMAP). This will be achieved through a programme of integrated thematic research areas designed to deliver the informational and infrastructural foundation necessary to support the implementation of a national MAP control programme. The project will underpin the activities of Animal Health Ireland (AHI) in addressing this important disease and its consequences in Ireland. A multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary approach has been chosen in order to deliver a wide range of research outputs and to capitalise on the synergies possible though the pooling of all-Ireland resources and expertise. Industry involvement in the form of Animal Health Ireland and Riverview Veterinary Group will ensure that the research is industry-relevant and appropriately balanced between innovative scientific inquiry and knowledge application. The project has been divided into three work packages, each being led by the most appropriate institution. Each work package is interdependent, relying on supporting actions in the other work packages, in order to deliver the maximum research output and value for money. The three work packages will address (1) Evaluation and validation of the best diagnostic tests currently available; (2) Identification and validation of biomarker(s) capable of indicating the future shedding status of infected animals; (3) Analysis of the factors (economical, logistical, sociological) which will affect the successful implementation of a control programme

Final Report:

Not available yet.