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Dairy research ensures healthier cows, more robust profits for farmers

Isis Kanevsky-Mullarky

Associate Professor Isis Kanevsky-Mullarky is working to develop a vaccine that will prevent Staphylococcus aureus in cows.

Cows produce more milk and cost farmers less in treatment costs when they are healthy. But a common bacterial infection, Staphylococcus aureus, can end up spreading disease among animals and whittling away dairy farmers’ profits in record time.

Isis Kanevsky-Mullarky, an associate professor in Virginia Tech’s Department of Dairy Science, leads a research team that is attempting to combat S. aureus infections in dairy herds and helping to ensure dairy cows are healthier by protecting them from developing the prevalent and painful bacterial infection in the first place. Continue reading

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Researcher hopes to create better vaccine against swine disease

X.J. Meng

X.J. Meng, University Distinguished Professor of Molecular Virology

For decades, the swine industry has been battling a virus that affects sows and their young, and a team of researchers at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine is on the front lines.

In 1987, pork producers first noticed a disease that causes reproductive failure in sows and respiratory diseases in piglets. Scientists later identified the cause: an emerging virus now known as porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus. X.J. Meng, University Distinguished Professor of Molecular Virology, has been working to improve vaccines against the swine disease since the 1990s. Continue reading

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