The Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PED) kills young piglets at an astonishing rate with a near 100% mortality rate in suckling pigs. A Canadian effort has been launched to understand and stop the disease to protect the young pigs and to aid the pig industry in North America.

Genome Alberta saw a way for genomics to be used to respond to the threat and decided to put together a plan and find the necessary funding. The resulting collaboration is good news for PEDv research and for the pork industry.

The funding group consists of Genome Alberta, Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency, Genome Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Ontario Genomics Institute, and Genome Quebec.

To learn more about the 3 new research projects being funded, click here.