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Swine Health - General Disease
Optimization and Viability of Lung Homogenate for Successful Mycoplasma Hyopneumoniae Exposure in Gilts During Acclimation
Gilt acclimation has become a common practice in the United States swine industry to control Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae infections. The goal of gilt acclimation is to achieve uniform exposure of gilts...
Swine Health - General Disease
Establishment of sensitivity and specificity levels of different sampling techniques for early detection of Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae and correlation between oral fluid PCR results and clinical signs
Swine Health - General Disease
Gilt acclimation strategies for Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae control: Evaluation of exposure protocols
Swine Health - General Disease
Mycoplasma hyorhinis and Mycoplasma hyosynoviae in US herds: Characterization of detection patterns in oral fluids and clinical presentation
Animal Science - Swine Nutrition
Evaluation of dietary soybean meal replacement on grow-finisher pig performance when challenged with PRRS and Mycoplasma
The amino acids requirements of growing-finishing pigs are met by utilizing a variety of protein rich ingredients, including soybean meal (SBM) and distillers dried grains with solubles, as well as...
Swine Health - General Disease
Pilot study to develop ante-mortem synovial fluid and synovium sample collection techniques in growing swine and to refine a Mycoplasma hyosynoviae (MHS) arthritis case definition (453-23-79)
Infectious lameness in growing pigs is an emerging problem in the United States. Lameness is an animal welfare concern and increases production costs. Mycoplasma hyosynoviae is considered to be the...
Swine Health - General Disease
Strain Variation in Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae
The main goal of this proposal is to develop a meaningful basis by which to measure field isolate variability in Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae that can correlate to virulence and/or protection from...
Swine Health - General Disease
Characterization of the genetic diversity of Mycoplasma hyorhinis field isolates by multiple locus variable number of tandem repeats analysis (MLVA) and multi-locus sequence typing (MLST)
Mycoplasma hyorhinis is an important pathogenic organism that inhabits de nasal cavity of swine. This bacterium has been associated with a variety of diseases in pigs, where polyserositis and...
Swine Health - General Disease
Early detection of Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae infections in live pigs: Comparison of current methods and development of new assays
Detection of M. hyopneumoniae infections in live pigs is difficult for the producer, the field veterinarian and the diagnostician. This study was designed and performed with the objective to compare...
Swine Health - General Disease
Development of an Improved Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae-Specific ELISA
Improvement of serological-based diagnostics for Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae infections in swine will require identification of mycoplasma-specific antigens and their use in an ELISA-based assay format...
Swine Health - General Disease
Characterization of Mycoplasma hyorhinis transmission and spread within endemically infected populations
Bacterial diseases create a significant economic impact in today’s swine industry by causing an increase in mortality rates and a reduction in feed efficiency and growth. Polyserositis is one...
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