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

James Cook University

  • Project code: PRJ-000686

  • Project stage: Closed

  • Project start date: Monday, July 1, 2002

  • Project completion date: Monday, July 31, 2006

  • National Priority: CME-Priority 3-Contributing to efficient and secure chicken production systems


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.