Una herramienta mobile detecta con precisión virus en granjas porcinas en questino de minutos

Un sistema de diagnostico de vanguardia limits the propagation of diseases in the modern systems of animal production using photonic biosensors, lo que promueve la seguridad animal y alimentaria.

Medicamentos y vacunas efficacies combaten con eschito las enfermedades del ganado. Sin embargo, el diagnostico opportuno y las contramedidas más confiables contra los brotes de enfermedades infectiosas son esenciales para limitar las consequencias graves. The increase in the burden of animal diseases threatens the livelihood of vulnerable populations and increases food prices, widening inequalities.

“Early detection is the key to being able to intervene and save the largest amount of animals possible”comment Alessandro Giusti, director of I+D at Cyprus Research & Innovation Center Ltd (CyRIC), the company that coordinates the SWINOSTICS project. “Esto mantendra bajos los costes de producción, lo que resultará en mejores precios para los consumers”.

Currently, the time between the outbreak of an illness and the confirmation of the infection by the laboratory can last several weeks. This underscores the urgent need for portable, accurate and easy-to-use diagnostic units to perform direct tests on farms.

The SWINOSTICS mobile diagnostic system se basa en technologías de biodetección y photonica que detectan de forma fiable y rápida las enfermedades virales porcinas in question of minutes. This innovation of diagnosis in situ is crucial to prevent a major propagation of diseases in pig farms.

The device is modular, which allows future updates to increase capacity. In addition, it is compatible with sensors designed to detect any type of virus.

EVALUACIÓN IMMEDIATA DE AMENAZAS EN LA GRANJA

La herramienta SWINOSTICS detecta seis virus emergenes y endemicos: African swine fever virus, porcine respiratory and reproductive syndrome virus, porcine parvovirus, porcine circovirus type 2, classical porcine plague virus and porcine influenza virus. Todos estos cause epidemics in las granjas porcinas in all Europe.

The device offers many benefits: In less than 45 minutes, it provides results for 4 oral fluid samples at the same time, así como para otro tipo de muestras como sangre, heces e hisopados nasales. The use of oral fluid samples simplifies sample collection and minimizes testing time. Rapid response time, combined with simultaneous sample analysis, reduces costs and increases efficiency.

Veterinarians and qualified breeders connect to the diagnostic tool of the project via a mobile application. An interface and an advanced cloud-based platform are also available to process more detailed data. This is particularly useful for researchers, organisms and authorities.

Los biosensores de circuits integrados photonicos (PIC, por sus siglas en inglés) son un componente clave del dispositivo. The surface of the PIC contains antibodies against porcine viruses. Cuando una muestra que contiene un virus passa por los sensores, este virus se une a los anticuerpos. The device determines whether the virus objective is present or not. In addition, The biosensors can be reused at least 10 times, which makes them even more profitable.

Both the device and the sensors can be easily adapted to detect other viral diseases as well. They can also be used in other animals.

The innovative system will change the rules of the game for veterinarians and breeders. But it could also be used by the food control authorities, which would lead to a better control and updating of food security norms.

“La caja de tools de diagnosis de campo de las enfermedades porcinas It is crucial not only for animal and food safety, but also for human health in general“, concludes Giusti. “También tiene un impacto económico positivo directo en las granjas porcinas y en el sector agroalimentario”.

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