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Dairy products in Mediterranean sheep populations: quantification of scrapie risk

Dairy products in Mediterranean sheep populations: quantification of scrapie risk

Objective

In the Mediterranean area the dairy sheep industry represents a strategic sector within the agricultural and food economy. In the E.U. one of the main problem about alimentary safety is related to trasmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSE). Scrapie is one of the TSEs and is a fatal brain disease of sheep and goats. Genetics have shown that it is possible to identify resistant or susceptible sheep to TSEs by testing the animal DNA. An integrated set of research tasks will be carried out to quantify the presence of scrapie-susceptible genotypes in milk basing on the current knowledge about scrapie's genetic background.

The project aims to develop new analytical tools to assess and quantify scrapie risk in sheep dairy products in the Mediterranean area and to implement their application by SMEs throughout the production chain. The scientific work will be performed by the RTDs which will also prepare suitable analytical protocols for application in the SME production context.

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Coordinator

ISTITUTO SPERIMENTALE ITALIANO "LAZZARO SPALLANZANI"

Address

Viale Forlanini 23
Milano

Italy

Administrative Contact

Cesare BONACINA (Dr)

Participants (12)

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AGENZIA PER LA RICERCA IN AGRICOLTURA DELLA REGIONAE AUTONOMA DELLA SARDEGNA

Italy

AGRIEXPORT SARDEGNA SOC.COOP.

Italy

ARISTOTELE UNIVERITY OF THESSALONIKI SCHOOL OF VETERINARY MEDICINE

Greece

CHIOS SHEEP BREEDERS' COOPERATIVE MACEDONIA

Greece

CONSEJO REGULADOR DE LA DENOMINACION DE ORIGEN "QUESO ZAMORANO"

Spain

CONSORZIO PER LA TUTELA DEL FORMAGGIO PECORINO ROMANO

Italy

F.LLI PINNA INDUSTRIA CASEARIA SPA

Italy

HIJOS DE SALVADOR RODRIGUEZ S.A.

Spain

ISTITUTO ZOOTECNICO CASEARIO PER LA SARDEGNA

Italy

QUESOS CAMPOSTERA S.L.

Spain

UNIVERSIDAD DE LEON

Spain

UNIVERSITY OF ZAGREB

Croatia

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 30278

  • Start date

    1 July 2006

  • End date

    30 June 2009

Funded under:

FP6-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 540 000

  • EU contribution

    € 1 053 000

Coordinated by:

ISTITUTO SPERIMENTALE ITALIANO "LAZZARO SPALLANZANI"

Italy