Dr. Ilya Slizovskiy receives new USDA-FSIS fellowship

Dr. Ilya Slizovskiy, PhD student in the Noyes lab, is the first recipient of a new fellowship created by the Food Safety Inspection Service, FSIS.  This competitive fellowship is committed to data-driven and science-based approaches applied to all aspects of FSIS public health mission. Slizovskiy’s project focuses on new techniques to detect antimicrobial resistances and foodborne pathogens.

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Risk-based management of PRRS and PED

This is our Friday rubric: every week a new Science Page from the Bob Morrison’s Swine Health Monitoring Project. The previous editions of the science page are available on our website.

Today, we are sharing the work of Dr. Kaushi Kanankege, post-doctoral associate in the VanderWaal lab.

Objective

We conducted a survey to determine swine industry perspectives on a) perceived importance of risk-modifying factors contributing to between-farm transmission of PRRS and PED, and b) prevention/mitigation measures that should be prioritized on a farm that was forecasted to be at high risk of breaking. 

Link to the survey: https://umn.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3C9lQKVjyCrA9cp 

**We need more survey answers! Please click the link and participate in this 8-question short survey.

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Detecting PRRS and influenza A viruses from swine farm air filters

This is our Friday rubric: every week a new Science Page from the Bob Morrison’s Swine Health Monitoring Project. The previous editions of the science page are available on our website.

This week, we are sharing a new publication from Dr. Montse Torremorell’s lab investigating if RNA viruses such as PRRSv and influenza virus could be detected from used filters in commercial swine herds.

Key Points

  • Little is known about the type and nature of viruses that get trapped in commercial filters on swine farms due to a lack of sampling methods.
  • The first part of this study established effective methods for eluting and identifying PRRS and IAV viruses in MERV filters under lab conditions.
  • The second part of the study tested the verified method on used filters from swine farms, verifying the presence of both PRRS and IAV
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COVID-19: 3 things your lender wants you to do today

Podcasts are a perfect way to get caught up with new swine information! We are presenting you the latest episode from “At The Meeting… Honoring Dr. Bob Morrison” in collaboration with SwineCast.

Dr. Montserrat Torremorell (College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota), Dr. Gordon Spronk (Pipestone Veterinary Services), and Dr. Tom Wetzel (Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica) are joined by Mark Greenwood, Chief Diversified Markets Officer at Compeer Financial.

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German researchers show pigs, chickens not susceptible to SARS-CoV2

A recent report from the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Federal Research Institute for Animal Health showed that animal species have a different sensitivity towards SARS-CoV2. Pigs and chickens have been shown to be less susceptible than ferrets or fruit bats.

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