The Molecular Lab provides tick-borne pathogen testing to the AAFM Vector control section. The lab uses Triplex RealTime Polymerase Chain Reaction to screen field collected black-legged ticks for the three pathogens most common to Northeastern United States.
Tick- borne Pathogens:
- Borrelia burgdorferi - spirochete responsible for Lyme Disease
- Anaplasma phagocytophilum - bacterium responsible for Human & Equine Anaplasmosis
- Babesia microti - protozoan which causes Babesiosis
Past molecular projects have included:
- Phytophthora ramorum (causative agent of Sudden Oak Death) - imported nursery stock
- West Nile Virus - field collected mosquitoes
- Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5, H7) - domestic poultry and wild waterfowl
- Avian Paramyxovirus-1
- Borrelia burgdorferi (bacterium responsible for Lyme disease) - cooperative project with Forest, Parks & Recreation
There is much potential for growth in the molecular lab.