Evidence for amphibian CRGV link gathers pace

Oct 16, 2018

A fish vet believes she may have taken a step towards solving the mystery cause of cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy (CRGV) in dogs, and is appealing to the profession to help further her research. Fiona Macdonald began looking into the possibility that the bacterial pathogen Aeromonas hydrophila might be involved in the aetiology of CRGV, also referred to as Alabama rot, three years ago. This bacterium is present in watercourses and soil, and is commonly associated with diseases of fish and amphibians. It is known to cause distinctive ulcerative skin lesions in fish, with subsequent kidney failure. Serology test Dr Macdonald, who receives funding from the New Forest Dog Owners Group, developed a serology test with Biobest Laboratories to look at the possibility of antibodies to A hydrophila. Samples were obtained from veterinary practices around the country – from Aberdeenshire to the south-west of England – mainly from both suspected and confirmed cases of CRGV, as well as in-contact dogs. Dr Macdonald expressed her surprise at the number of dogs showing antibody... ...

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May 19, 2015

In 2015 compound feed production will likely reach close to 1 billion tonnes worldwide and the FAO estimates that by 2050 the demand for food will grow by 60 %. This poses significant opportunities and challenges for the entire agri-food chain. Alexandra Althayde from IFIF believes that only by working together at international level and focusing on innovation and capacity building can our sector provide sustainable, safe, nutritious and affordable food for a growing world population.   ...

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The history of agriculture includes many developments related to animal and plant health that have had a major impact on humans. At the same time, human activities have often driven the appearance of emerging issues. The overlapping drivers of human, animal and plant diseases and environmental changes point towards the concept of ”One Health”. Frank Berthe from EFSA offers a different perspective on the constant problem of emerging diseases.   ...

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Total Cost of Ownership – Calculations in the Light of Changing Overall Conditions

May 19, 2015

A comprehensive TCO analysis, in particular of the cost drivers, makes a lot of sense in the context of an investment decision. With an eye to the future, however, an attempt should be made to anticipate future requirements. Christoph Hammer of Dividella AG, discusses why flexible packaging and modular machine design help to ensure the necessary margin for manoeuvre for the future. Production sites which respond appropriately are better prepared for changes; they can hedge their investments and are more competitive in the long term.   ...

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Animal Health Market Forecasting in an Increasingly Complex, Competitive and Interconnected World

May 19, 2015

Consumer incomes in emerging and developing countries are growing at a faster rate than advanced countries. Consequently, animal health markets are evolving faster than animal health companies can respond leading to unmet needs and missed opportunities. Tim Evans, the managing director of Vetnosis claims this new situation demands a more predictive, longer-term approach to strategic planning and forecasting than has traditionally been used.   ...

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