Submitted to: American Society of Parasitologists
Publication Type: Abstract only
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/10/2008
Publication Date: 7/19/2008
Citation: Miska, K.B., Schwarz, R.S., Macfarlane, B., Wallner-Pendleton, Jenkins, M.C. 2008. Molecular and morphological characterization of Eimeria in game birds. American Society of Parasitologists. p108. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: Coccidiosis is generally known as a disease of economic importance in chickens. However, Eimeria species also negatively impacts the game bird industry. Here we present data generated from litter samples collected from two farms experiencing coccidiosis in chukars and pheasants. From morphological descriptions and molecular characterization of three genomic regions, we conclude that in these samples a single species of Eimeria was primarily responsible for coccidiosis in chukars, while a distinct species is observed in pheasants. This data represents the first molecular characterization of Eimeria in game birds, and lays the groundwork for developing future vaccines.