What are the best diagnostic tools for tracking Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae in swine?

M. hyopneumoniae causes one of the swine industry’s most devastating diseases—a chronic, infectious pneumonia that can cause respiratory distress and lung lesions in pigs. It can also severely slow pig growth. In order for producers and veterinarians to best measure the success of their disease control and elimination efforts, they need to be able to detect the pathogen in live pigs. However, many diagnostic tools can be unreliable. Dr. Maria Pieters’ lab at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine recently led a study to decipher the reliability of two tools, laryngeal swabs and deep tracheal catheters, in detecting the pathogen.

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Survival analysis of two Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae eradication methods

In this new article published in the Preventative Veterinary Medicine journal, Dr. Paul Yeske from Swine Vet Center in collaboration with Dr. Maria Pieters from the University of Minnesota share a survival analysis of two different eradication methods for Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae in farrow-to-wean farms.

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Influence of pig gut microbiota on Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae susceptibility

In this open-access article from the MycoLab, Dr. Maria Pieters’ team explores the influence of pigs’ gut microbiome in modulating their susceptibility to Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae.

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Exposing gilts to Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae using a herd-specific lung homogenate

The last issue of the Journal of Swine Health and Production featured a practice tip written by Dr. Rebecca Robbins from Seaboard Foods, in collaboration with Dr. Maria Pieters and the MycoLab. This publication has for objective to share a safe, reliable and herd-specific technique to expose gilts to Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae.

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Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae variability highlights the need for new terminology

In this latest article published in Transboundary and Emerging Diseases, Dr. Alyssa Betlach, phD candidate in Dr. Maria Pieters lab, reviews the observed variability in Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae, the effect it can have in swine farms and how a better terminology is possible to improve scientific communication.

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