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Development of disease-resistance animals by animal breeding method and dietary additive

update:2011-04-12
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The most important disease in domestic and foreign pig industry is the pig respiratory disease complex (PRDC) that the pigs show the respiratory trouble by the infection of two or more pathogens. Pigs were selected for low direction of mycoplasma pneumonia (MPS) lesion for fifth generation in a joint research with Miyagi Prefecture Livestock Experiment Station. As a result, the lesion of MPS was decreased, a natural immunity (phagocyte activity; PA, the ratio of granular leukocyte to lymphocyte; GLR) and cellular immunity increased and SRBC specific antibody production (AP) was controlled. Dietary addition of seaweed and licorice enhanced the immune function in the peripheral blood and mucosa in swine. Furthermore, dietary addition of licorice induced the enhancement of mucosal immunity and anti-inflammation effect in the peripheral tissues. These naturally derived products are useful for the reduction of dietary addition of antibiotics in the pig industry. In addition, we selected for the natural immunity, the acquired immunity, and both of the mice during 20th generation, and the immunogenic property and disease resistance of these mice were investigating. We hope to conduct collaborative research with a willing company for a practical application of this technology in industry.

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Graduate School of Agricultural Science

SUZUKI, Keiichi , Professor
Doctor of Agriculture

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