The newcastle disease, vernacularly known as Ranikhet disease, infects the domestic poultry and causes heavy mortality of birds, thus, financial losses to poultry farmers. Ramneek, director, School of Animal Biotechnology, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), said that killed virus is used as vaccines for chicken and other birds to confer immunity.
"The efficiency of vaccine can be enhanced by using suitable vaccine adjuvant. New molecular tools are offering potential to investigate the better vaccine adjuvants that may be used as an immno-modulator,"he said.
The School of Animal Biotechnology at GADVASU has been sanctioned a research project by the department of biotechnology, the Government of India, to design novel vaccines adjuvant against newcastle disease.
The project, in collaboration with Central Agricultural University, Imphal, Mizoram, aims towards identifying ligand-based vaccine adjuvant which may find application in veterinary vaccine production with enhanced and long-lasting immunity.
Another objective of the project is to study the responsiveness of the indigenous chicken for up-regulation of the genes to reinforce the innate immunity. CS Mukhopadhyay will be the principal investigator of the project.
Ramneek said the School of Animal Biotechnology has made commendable achievement in the national scenario by securing a number of competitively earned research grants in research areas. The school is offering MVSc/MSc and PhD degrees in animal biotechnology for the past few years and has set up a state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities.