Immunological markers for robustness and disease resilience/susceptibility. Identification of relevant biomarker panels and improved characterization of robust animal phenotypes with special focus on development of the immune system in the young animal and the influence of e.g. bacterial metabolites.
Deciphering of important biological markers/traits for immune competence is critical in the evaluation of the animal’s ability to cope with infectious pathogens from the environment and a tool for improving resilience.
Moreover, detailed understanding of immunological mechanisms at cellular level will aid the development of new disease control strategies.