Submitted to: Aglink U.S.-Moroccan Technicians Engaged in Research on Tick-Borne Disease Control in North Africa
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/30/2002
Publication Date: 7/14/2003
Citation: Jehle, P., Goff, W.L. Scientific exchange for Moroccan technicians engaged in research on tick-borne disease control in North Africa. AgLink U.S.-Morocco Trade Promotion Program-1998-2003. 2003. End of Project Report. p. 49.
Interpretive Summary: In the course of activities related to a joint FAS/ARS project to transfer tick-borne diseases of livestock diagnostic technology from ARS laboratories to laboratories in Morocco, the FAS-supported AgLink program director initiated a collaboration whereby AgLink-Morocco provided support for training of technicians in the ARS laboratory in the USA.
Technical Abstract: Tick-borne hemoparasitic diseases are among the most important barriers to improved livestock production in developing countries. This limits the potential export market for U.S. dairy and meat animal germplasm, as well as for U.S. exports of feed grains and protein concentrates. FAS-Research and Scientific Exchange Division has funded a joint research project between ARS scientists at the Animal Disease Research Unit, Pullman, Washington and the Institut Agronomique et Veterinaire scientists in the Department de Parasitologie. The project includes the transfer and validation of newly developed diagnostic assays for several tick-borne diseases. The project required the training of Moroccan scientists in the use of the new assays, and the FAS-supported AgLink Program supported the training component of the project. The training has resulted in the successful transfer and implementation of assays for diagnosing five unique tick-borne diseases.