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Classical Swine Fever Virus

Dates: Ongoing
UConn - Dr. Guillermo Risatti (Pathobiology and Veterinary Science)
National Center for Animal & Plant Health (CENSA) -  Dr. Maria Teresa Frias-Lepoureau, Senior Researcher
Dr. Guillermo Risatti has a multi-year working relationship with Dr. Maria Teresa Frias-Lepoureau from the Centro Nacional de Sanidad Agropecuaria (CENSA), in San Jose de las Lajas, Mayabeque. Dr. Frias-Lepoureau is a researcher from Cuba working in the area of animal health, focused on the Classical Swine Fever Virus (CSFV), a devastating swine virus that has been eradicated from the US since 1978, but still impacts Cuban herds. In collaboration with Dr. Fernando Osorio and Dr. James Keen at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Dr. Frias-Lepoureau and Dr. Risatti are developing a research proposal about the risks from CSFV in Cuba.

Future Projects

Areas of common academic interest identified by ICA, INCA and CENSA from Cuba and the Animal Sciences and Nutritional Sciences Departments from UConn.

  1. Research Topics of Common Interest
    1. Use of functional foods (prebiotics, probiotics, phytobiotics and symbiotics) in humans and animals. Application of nanotechnology for delivery.
    2. Effects of Moringa oleifera and other plants in ruminant and monogastric animals, with an emphasis on action mechanisms.
    3. Poultry management and nutrition.
    4. Effects of nutrition on ruminant animal reproduction.
    5. Testing extracts of A. cominia in models for Type 2 Diabetes.
    6. Use of plant by-products for treating mastitis.
    7. Pathogens within milk and its products, e.g. cheese.
  2. Academic Exchanges
    1. Exchange of publications in subjects of mutual interest.
    2. Joint publications in journals from the Scientific Complex (CENSA, ICA, INCA and UNAH) and from the working areas of UConn.
    3. Participation of lecturers from the Scientific Complex and UConn in international meetings:
      • Meetings of Editors (October 2017)
      • Universidad 2018
      • Workshop of Food Safety and Sovereignty 2018 (January 2018)
      • International Congress of Tropical Animal Production 2018 (November 2018)
      • SISA 2019
      • ASAS International Meeting – Vancouver, Canada (July 2018)
    4. Exchange of students and researchers from the Scientific Complex and UConn for receiving training in common subjects.

Areas of common academic interest identified by ICA, INCA and CENSA from Cuba and the Department of Plant Sciences and Landscape Architecture from UConn.

  1. Editorial Exchange: with the journals of the relevant scientific community (Cuban Journal of Agricultural Science, Cultivos Tropicales, Revista de Protección Vegetal and Revista Salud
    1. Peer- reviewers for submitted articles.
    2. Submission of articles (technical notes, literature reviews, scientific articles).
  2. Course Delivery:
    1. Soils course: Absorption-retention mechanisms with equilibrium models by Dr. Cristian Schulthess.
    2. Plant Protection course by Dr. Ana Legrand.
  3. Academic Exchange:
    1. Student exchange: undergraduate and graduate students
    2. Academic stays and training for investigators
    3. Organization of scientific visits
    4. Cooperation in organizing of and attendance to scientific conferences
  4. Collaboration in research projects. Research topics of common interest include:
    1. Conservation biological control
    2. Plant improvement and molecular characterization
    3. Biostimulants and resistance inducers against biological stresses
    4. Water management
    5. Climate change effects on pest management
    6. Adaptation and mitigation to climate change impacts
    7. Nutrient management
    8. Invasive species management
    9. Carbon absorption by different agricultural management systems
    10. Identification and evaluation of essential oils against pests
    11. Impact measurements in agricultural systems

Areas of common academic interest identified by CENSA from Cuba and the Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science from UConn.

  1. Research Topics of Common Interest
    1. Research in infectious diseases that affect livestock:
      • Research on Bluetongue virus (BTV): genetic characterization of isolates from Cuba. Identification of midges responsible for transmission of BTV in Cuba.
      • Research on Classical Swine Fever Virus (CSFV). Characterization of CSFV circulating among pig herds in Cuba.
      • Studies on antibiotic resistance.
  2. Training
    1. CENSA personnel would like to receive training in genomics (next generation sequencing) and bioinformatics at the University of Connecticut.
  3. Academic Exchanges
    1. Participation of PVS faculty in an international meeting: SISA 2019 (Cuba).