Pigeon Pea Leaves 1 - Rinderpest 0
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CTA. 2003. Pigeon Pea Leaves 1 - Rinderpest 0. Spore 104. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Will the final whistle soon blow on rinderpest, one of the oldest known diseases of livestock?
Will the final whistle soon blow on rinderpest, one of the oldest known diseases of livestock? It can be eliminated by 2010, believe FAO animal health experts, making it the second disease to be eradicated in history, after smallpox. Also known as cattle plague, it is a highly infectious and fatal viral disease. Efforts are now underway to locate and eliminate the last traces of the virus which cause the disease; these appear to be limited to herds in the semi-arid rangelands of the Horn of Africa. A vigorous policy of vaccination has eradicated rinderpest from most parts of the world, but not all farmers can afford to vaccinate. An alternative approach has been developed at the Indian Institute of Science (IIS) in Bangalore. The IIS has developed a transgene pigeon pea which could be beneficial in countries where cattle are fed with pigeon pea leaves. These contain virus proteins. When these leaves were fed to animals, as an edible vaccine for rinderpest, the animals' immune response suggested that the leaves could provide immunity. If there is sufficient interest, the project may be pursued for commercialisation. V. V.Satyavathi, G. L. Sita et al. IIS-Bangalore, India Email : email@example.com