German and Vietnamese researchers are testing a low-cost vaccine against the highly pathogenic bird flu virus H5N1.
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10.05.2019

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When bird flu outbreaks occur, there is often only one way to check this infectious disease – culling the poultry. A new project on the development of affordable bird flu vaccines based on plants could soon provide an alternative.

In years of close collaboration, researchers at the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) in Gatersleben, Germany, and the Institute of Biotechnology (IBT) in Hanoi, Vietnam, have developed a method to produce avian influenza vaccines in plants. Now a new project is focusing on the practical application of the results obtained so far and the development of cheap and stable bird flu vaccines. These are to contribute to fending off new bird flu epidemics as soon as possible.

Zoonoses are a source of recurrent incidents of new infectious diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans. One of the probably most well-known zoonoses is bird flu, a highly pathogenic influenza A virus. Owing to its swift and simple propagation through birds and the threat of a pandemic that this bears, efforts are constantly being made to check the infection pathogen of this influenza.

A growing demand for affordable vaccines in veterinary medicine

There is a growing demand for affordable vaccines in veterinary medicine that promote the wellbeing of livestock and combat zoonotic diseases such as bird flu.

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