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Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4

Keywords

Bacteroides nodosus, Sheep, Goats, Diagnostic techniques, DNA fingerprinting

First Page Number

66

Last Page Number

68

Abstract

The diagnosis of footrot in sheep and goats is not an easy task. Two main techniques are used for diagnosis - inspection of diseased feet on a farm and laboratory testing of bacteria isolated from foot scrapings. The interpretation of the results obtained by these methods requires a good understanding of the various forms of footrot.

A new laboratory technique has halved the time taken to detect those strains of the bacterium, Bacteroides (Dichelobacter) nodosus, that cause each form of the disease.

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