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Loop-mediated isothermal amplification tests to detect poultry pathogens
Summary Several poultry diseases including Marek’s disease, IBDV and ILT have repeatedly demonstrated an ability to emerge from periods of adequate control to present a significant threat to industry – normally associated with failure of vaccinal control resulting in the evolution of the viral pathogen towards higher virulence. It is important that Australia have the capacity to monitor these diseases routinely and respond quickly and effectively to any occuring outbreaks. At present, there are a variety of tests available, ranging from ELISA tests for antibodies to specific realtime PCR assays. These tests are highly specific and accurate, but are either timeconsuming or require expensive equipment and reagents. This makes these tests unsuitable for small laboratories or rapid onfarm testing. However, there is a high demand for rapid, low cost tests to detect poultry diseases in the field. This projects aims to provide to the Australian poultry industry a suite of rapid, sensitive and low cost tests for the detection of several viral poultry pathogens. The tests are based on the loopmediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) method. These tests do not require specific equipment and are thus suitable for small laboratories and under field conditions.
Program Chicken Meat
Research organisation University of New England
Objective summary 1.Implement the loopmediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) method for rapid and low cost detection of MDV, IBDV and ILT.

2. Compare sensitivity and robustness of the LAMP test with our suite of MDV, IBDV and available ILT realtime PCR assays on a variety of samples, particularly dust and feather materials.

3. Assess feasibility of performing pathogen testing in the field using LAMP
Project Stage Closed
Project start date Monday, July 01, 2013
Project completion date Friday, September 30, 2016
Journal articles from project Not Available
National priority An environmentally sustainable Australia
Rural priority Adoption of R&D
RIRDC goal CME-Increase the productivity and efficiency of chicken meat production
Principal researcher Katrin Renz
Research manager Michael Beer
Admin contact Kathryn Dougall