Rapid Test Kit for Mycoplasma gallisepticum

Allysa Depasupil, a graduating CPU College of Agriculture, Resources, and Environmental Sciences student, spearheaded the development of the rapid test kit for Mycoplasma gallisepticum in Philippine native chicken. She is responsible for determining the protein and RNA concentrations derived from the outer membrane vesicles of Mycoplasma gallisepticum. With her team, Karen Jee Fernandez works on developing plant-derived nanoparticles, and Diana Castillon studies the production of antigens among farm animals. 


The development of the rapid test kit is one of the answers to the dilemma of raisers in controlling the presence of chronic respiratory infection in their flock. The farmers mainly used broad-spectrum medications to the point where they caused other microbes to develop resistance. With the development of this rapid test kit, the administration of drugs will be more specific to the target pathogen. The possible cost will be further deduced with this advancement in technology.