Prevention of Transmission Pillar
Reducing Antimicrobial Use by Selecting for Animals More Resilient to Infectious Disease
Project Key Words: Host Animal, Microbiota, Genetics, Immunity, Resilience
Principal Investigator: Graham Plastow, PhD
Co-Investigator(s): Michael Dyck, PhD; Paul Stothard, PhD; Ben Willing, PhD; Leluo Guan, PhD; Tim McAllister,PhD; Trevor Alexander, PhD
Project Theme: Innovation and Commercialization
Animals show variation in susceptibility to specific diseases. This variation could potentially be targeted to select for animals that are more resilient to infection. This project aims to identify methods of identifying resilient animals.
Why is This Important?
More resilient animals are able to continue to grow or produce and require fewer antimicrobial treatments to reach market weight or to produce eggs and milk. The selection of more resilient animals may improve animal health and welfare, while maintaining performance and reducing antimicrobial use. It has the potential to increase the sustainability of livestock agriculture in Canada.
Leveraged Sources of Support
- MIF- Funds
- PigGen Canada
- Beef Cattle Research Council
- USDA NIFA (ISU)
- UofA, UofC and AAFC - Infrastructure
Knowledge & Technology: Exchange and Exploitation
- Identification of new tools for the management of groups and individuals based on their genetics.
- Validate tools and develop operating procedures for adoption by industry.
Highly Qualified Personnel
- 1 Research Assistant (project manager) to coordinate and link across individual projects
- 1 Other HQP trained within the associated projects (e.g. 2 PhDs currently, 2 Post-doctoral fellows)