An Investigation of Possible Reservoirs of Lymphoproliferative Disease Virus of Turkeys in Mississippi

Hyche, Walker (2019) An Investigation of Possible Reservoirs of Lymphoproliferative Disease Virus of Turkeys in Mississippi. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Richard Buchholz from Biology, University of Mississippi.

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Abstract

Emerging infectious diseases are a problem among wildlife and domestic populations. It is critical for these diseases to be studied. Lymphoproliferative disease virus is a retrovirus affecting turkeys and chickens. Prior research originally identified the virus in the United Kingdom and Israel. The first case of LPDV in the United States was found in 2009 in Arkansas. This study tests different reservoirs for the virus. DNA was extracted from samples of different origins and preservation types. Through PCR and gel electrophoresis analysis, different sample types from turkey populations were tested for LPDV. This study provides a method for submitting blood and tissue samples from turkeys for analysis, as well as show the molecular genetics techniques used to find positive cases. Of the samples tested, positive cases of LPDV were identified.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Hyche, Walker
Student's Degree Program(s): B.S. in Biology
Thesis Advisor: Richard Buchholz
Thesis Advisor's Department: Biology
Institution: University of Mississippi
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology
Depositing User: Walker Hyche
Date Deposited: 17 May 2019 19:43
Last Modified: 17 May 2019 19:43
URI: http://thesis.honors.olemiss.edu/id/eprint/1544

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