Ploufragan-Plouzané Laboratory/swine immunology and virology unit ZOOPOLE LES CROIX - BP 53 Ploufragan 22440 France
Contract Manager: 
Dr. Marie-Frédérique Le Potier

Evelyne Hutet    -    technician
Jennifer Bernard    -    Research scientist

Ploufragan/Plouzané laboratory

The Ploufragan-Plouzané laboratory, with 200 members of personnel, specializes in poultry, rabbit, pig and fish farming. It contributes to improving animal health and welfare as well as to the quality of food of animal origin.

The laboratory studies the agents responsible for major diseases with a major economic impact and the immune potential of animals, develops tools and methods for diagnosis and prevention in animals, analyses the behavioral and health consequences of new farming methods, assesses the risks associated with food consumption and contributes to preventing the bacteriological contamination of food.
As a national and international reference laboratory for several diseases, it provides scientific and technical support for veterinary control (analysis of samples, supplies of reference reagents, quality monitoring of diagnosis laboratory analyses, etc.)

Reference laboratory of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) for  Gumboro disease and Aujeszky's disease

National Reference Laboratory, for  Newcastle disease; Avian influenza; Salmonella in the poultry industry; Campylobacter; Avian mycoplasmas; Classic swine fever; African swine fever; Aujeszky's disease; Viral haemorrhagic septicaemia; Infectious haematopoietic necrosis; Infectious anaemia in salmon; Rhabdovirus in fish.

The laboratory consists of:

 9 research units 
Mycoplasmology – bacteriology; Hygiene and quality of poultry and pig products; Pig immunology and virology; Viral genetics and biosafety; Virology, immunology and parasitology in poultry and rabbits; Epidemiology and welfare in poultry and rabbit farming; Epidemiology and welfare in pigs; Animal nutrition; Viral diseases in fish.

4 testing departments
 Poultry and rabbit testing; Breeding and testing in avian disease; Production of decontaminated pigs and testing; Fish testing and farming.

Main research programmes
Antimicrobial resistance; Porcine respiratory disease; MAP and porcine circovirus; Pathogenic bacteria/digestive flora interaction; Campylobacter; Swine fevers; Vaccinology/vectorology; Avian influenza, Gumboro disease and avian metapneumovirus; Calicivirus in rabbits and hares; Porcine influenza; Host/pathogen interactions; Poultry parasitology; Poultry welfare; Viral diseases in fish; Immunology and prevention of fish diseases.