Pathogen maintenance in the host population by vertical transmission: the mechanisme of gonad colonization and persistency in pigeon restricted Salmonella serovar Typhimurium strains

01 October 2012 → 30 September 2016
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Animal biology
    • Microbiology
    • Systems biology
  • Medical and health sciences
    • Laboratory medicine
    • Microbiology
    • Laboratory medicine
    • Laboratory medicine
    • Microbiology
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Veterinary medicine
    • Other veterinary sciences
    • Other agricultural, veterinary and food sciences
salmonella vertical transmission pigeon host specificity
Project description

Pigeon derived Salmonella Typhimurium strains are highly host specific. Host specificity is characterized by a marked association of the bacterium with the host reproductive tract, enabling vertical transmission and thus maintenance of the pathogen in the host population. In this project, we will unravel the mechanism used by Salmonella Typhimurium to colonize the pigeon gonads.