Application of whole genome sequencing for molecular epidemiological investigations of bovine tuberculosis in Canada


Funding period: 2014-2019
Lead: Olga Andrievskaia
Total GRDI funding: $350,000

The recent development of new genomics methods and whole genome sequencing has supported the CFIA's response capacity for the detection of pathogens threatening wildlife reservoirs. This project supports the harmonization of molecular epidemiology approaches applied in bovine tuberculosis outbreak and incident investigations with the US Department of Agriculture. It develops models of Mycobacterium bovistransmission in Canadian bovine tuberculosis wildlife reservoirs and livestock population. This research enables the CFIA to acquire new information on the evolution of Mycobacterium bovisstrains, which will serve to better protect wildlife reservoirs in various Canadian and North American geographical areas.

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