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Thirteen Land-Grant Institutions Advance Fight Against Mycobacterial Diseases

Thirteen land-grant institutions and partner organizations are working across state lines to develop and enhance tools needed to limit the spread of Johne’s disease (JD) and bovine tuberculosis complex (TB) in livestock. JD and TB are two of the most widespread mycobacterial diseases in the US. JD alone costs the dairy industry in excess of $200 million per year. In 2012, researchers formed the Multistate Research Project NE-1201to fill knowledge gaps, improve diagnostics and vaccines, and strengthen outreach programs for both diseases.

Here’s what Dr. Gary A. Thompson, administrative advisor of NE-1201 and director of the Pennsylvania Agricultural Experiment Station said about the project: “Collaboration among our diverse team of researchers and partners helps ensure that livestock producers and veterinarians have access to accurate, up-to date information and research about JD and TB.”

NE-1201 is supported, in part, through USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The group also works with several federal partners, including USDA’s Agricultural Research Services and USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

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