On Saturday, September 14 and 16, Professor Sánchez-Vizcaíno visited the University of Minnesota to participate as a speaker at the Allen D. Leman Swine Conference with this presentations:
- "Global situation of ASF and the different epidemiological scenarios"
- "ASF Risk Analysis in Practice"
This conference is internationally acclaimed for bringing science-driven solutions to the complex challenges facing the industry. Each year hundreds of participants from over 20 countries attend the Leman Swine Conference.
On September 13, the Institute of Animal Science (IAS), Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), from Beijing, China visited the SUAT group led by Prof. JM Sánchez-Vizcaíno. The visit took place at VISAVET, where José Ángel Barasona and Estefanía Cadenas-Fernández (members of the group) exposed the most recent aspects of African Swine Fever.
Risk of Introduction of Infectious Animal Diseases for Europe Based on the Health Situation of North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula is an open access research article.
The BBC program The Food Chain interviews Professor José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno.
New research article published in Apidologie journal
Western honey bees (Apis mellifera) are key players in crop pollination and in the maintenance of global biodiversity. Their viability is threatened by Varroa destructor, which acts as a vector of the deformed wing virus (DWV). Several genetic DWV variants have been reported, but it is unclear whether their virulence differs. We examined the prevalence of V. destructor and DWV as well as bee health in two colonies over 21 months and then characterizing DWV variants from each colony using phylogenetics. Colony H showed no signs of disease or mortality, and DWV sequence from this colony clustered with VDV/DWV-B sequences previously reported in healthy colonies. Colony W showed DWV symptoms, and DWV sequence clustered with DWV-A sequences previously reported in colonies with symptoms. These results suggest that nucleotide variations in the DWV genome can affect its virulence. Genotyping DWV variants in colonies may be an effective tool to assess risk and initiate preventive measures early.
The devastating outbreak of the disease that has led to millions of pig deaths in East Asia has intensified efforts to develop a vaccine quickly, but the virus presents several challenges that are yet to be overcome.