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Sharing Research Across Universities

November 15, 2013 by MLGreen

Drs. Green and Manjerovic were invited to Northeastern Illinois University to share their research with the Biology department.  The department faculty and students gathered to hear a presentation entitled "Molecular applications in wildlife disease management" that focused on chronic wasting disease research and provided an overview of the various ongoing research projects in the Novakofski & Mateus laboratory. 

Our thanks to Dr. Aaron Schirmer at Northeastern Illinois University for hosting our lab representatives for a great day of sharing ideas and meeting students.

Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel report on chronic wasting disease study

November 8, 2013 by MLGreen

The Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel just released an article reporting on research completed at the Novakofski-Mateus lab.  The story highlights the differences in chronic wasting disease management strategies used in Wisconsin and Illinois.  The research found differences in disease prevalence as a result of the differing strategies.  The research was completed by Mary Beth Manjerovic, Michelle Green, Nohra Mateus-Pinilla and Jan Novakofski.

Check out the full article entitled "Illinois finds success controlling chronic wasting disease" here.

Check out the research publication entitled "The importance of localized culling in stabilizing chronic wasting disease prevalence in white-tailed deer populations" here.

The reviews are in!

November 7, 2013 by MLGreen
Growth of farm animals

Jan Novakofski co-authored a book entitled Growth of Farm Animals, 3rd Ed. with Tony L. J. Lawrence and Vernon R. Fowler.

Reviews of the textbook have been favorable:

“This is not an ‘all vets should carry this book in their pocket for reference’ volume; rather it is a comprehensive, readable introduction to one of the great mysteries of life. I would recommend it to any veterinarian or scientist with an interest in animals and their lives.” D. Grove-White, Veterinary Record, 2012, 171:450. 

“Their interpretation of one of the basic manifestations of life, growth, is inspiring.” A. Holub, Agricultura Tropic et Subtropica, 2012, 45/4:217-218.

"The updated third edition of the textbook is a valuable introduction to the important area of growth of farm animals. The authors describe all steps from cells to tissues to entire animals and to food of animal origin. The book provides fundamental knowledge for animal production. This book is a valuable resource for undergraduate students in animal and veterinary sciences, but it is also an important aid for all those dealing with meat sciences and meat processing."

and

"…it is a comprehensive, readable introduction to one of the great mysteries of life. I would recommend it to any veterinarian or scientist with an interest in animals and their lives."

Don't just take their word for it, check out the book here.

Illinois News Bureau Press Release for Lab Research: river otter contaminants

November 6, 2013 by MLGreen
River otter contaminants
Photo by Ivan Petrov

A recent study completed by the Novakofski-Mateus Lab was featured in a story by the University of Illinois News Bureau.  The research revealed that river otters river otters in Illinois are exposed to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and pesticides that were banned in the U.S. decades ago.

Read the full University of Illinois News Bureau story here.

Read the research article entitled "River otters as biomonitors for organochlorine pesticides, PCBs, and PBDEs in Illinois" published by Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety here.

University of Illinois News Bureau Press Release for Lab Research: chronic wasting disease

November 6, 2013 by MLGreen
Nohra Mateus-Pinilla, Jan Novakofski, Michelle Green Photo by L. Brian Stauffer
Nohra Mateus-Pinilla, Jan Novakofski, Michelle Green Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

The University of Illinois News Bureau highlighted Novakofski-Mateus Lab research in a recent press release entitled "Targeted culling of deer controls disease with little effect on hunting."  The story featured a recent publication investigating the management strategy used in Illinois to control chronic wasting disease in wild white-tailed deer.  The research was completed by Mary Beth Manjerovic, Michelle Green, Nohra Mateus-Pinilla and Jan Novakofski.

Read the University of Illinois News Bureau story here.

Focus On Research: chronic wasting disease prevalence and Illinois hunting

November 6, 2013 by MLGreen
Deer culling has kept CWD controlled

Illinois Outdoor News released a new story highlighting the results of a recent study completed in our lab.  The study investigated the effectiveness of two different management strategies in controlling chronic wasting disease in wild white-tailed deer and the effect the Illinois program had on recreational hunter harvest

Read the full story from Illinois Outdoor News here.

Read the full study entitled "The importance of localized culling in stabilizing chronic wasting disease prevalence in white-tailed deer populations" published by Preventive Veterinary Medicine here.