In the last 15 years there has been a concerning increase in the spread of the livestock viral disease, peste des petits ruminants (PPR), which costs $1.45-$2.1 billion (USD) in losses annually. Recently, Pirbright scientists have put forward their expertise to support the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) eradication strategy.
News from October 2017
We have recently revised and refreshed our portfolio of products.
The Pirbright Institute offers a range of different biological products including:
- positive sera
- inactivated antigens
- monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies
- diagnostic kits
- viral cultures
- live midges
Scientific expertise and technical advice on the use, optimisation and validation of our products can also be provided.
Scientists have identified that a tiny protein, known to play a major role in the replication of foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV), also helps the virus increase the efficiency with which it can pack information into its genome. FMD is an animal pathogen of great economic importance and understanding how the virus replicates could lead to the development of more effective vaccines against the disease in the future.