Molecular techniques for monitoring Marek's viraemias in broilers and layer


Chicken Meat

Research Organisation

James Cook University

Objective Summary

To develop and transfer to the industry molecular techniques for monitoring blood samples for the presence of Marek's disease virus; To use a panel of simple cost-effective molecular diagnostic techniques to describe the effects of various management strategies on Marek's infection; To develop and validate quantitative assays for Marek's disease viral DNA based on real-time PCR; To assemble a comprehensive collection of DNA for Australian wild type Marek's disease viruses.

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Project Start Date

Monday, July 1, 2002

Project Completion Date

Monday, July 31, 2006

National Priority

Frontier technologies for building and transforming Australian industries

National Priority

Protecting Australia from invasive diseases and pests

National Priority

CME-Improve chicken meat production through the whole supply chain