Iowa researchers granted for PRRS vaccine
A team of three Iowa State researchers pursuing a
protective vaccine against porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus
have received a grant of 10 research grants totalling more than $1
The Iowa State economic development money was granted for developing new
technology that improves the effectiveness of a vaccine for porcine reproductive
and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus.
The team was awarded a grant amount of $82,437. PRRS is estimated to cost the
pork industry $600 million a year.
The research team
- Hank Harris, a professor of animal science and
veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine;
- Matthew Erdman, director of research and development for Sirrah LLC, a
company in the Iowa State Research Park that's developing vaccines for the
pork industry; and
- Ryan Vander Veen, a graduate student in animal
Apparently the PRRS vaccine research contributes less to the Iowa economy
since it received one of the lowest grants from the budget. Other agriculture
related projects that were granted a larger share of the development money were
all related to biofuel production.
- Grant amount: $149,233. Develop a technique for converting uncooked dry-grind
corn into ethanol. The technique reduces the energy required to produce ethanol
while boosting fuel production.
- Grant amount: $113,462 Find effective ways to remove
oil from the co-products of corn fermentation for ethanol production, which
would also improve the quality of livestock feeds made from it. The oil could
then be used to produce biodiesel.
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