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Developing a novel diagnostic test for early pregnancy in the mare

Despite gold standard management practices, breeding in the Thoroughbred industry is still inefficient. While fertilisation rates are estimated at 95%, only about 65% of matings result in a foal being born. This investment will use world first in vitro strategies to investigate the unique biological features of equine pregnancy including an assessment of blood serum profiles to identify compounds that could serve as biomarkers of early pregnancy or compromised pregnancy with the aim of developing a 7-14 day diagnostic test.

Project date

18 May 2019-30 Apr 2023
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Principal investigator

Aleona Swegen

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Alternative protein Aquaculture Cereal grains Cross industry Essential oils Fruits Game Honey bees Nuts Other rural industries Pasture, fodder & feed Poultry Pulse grains

AgriFutures Australia

AgriFutures Australia proudly focuses on building a rich future for Australian agriculture. We live and work in the regions and …
  • Location

    Australia

  • Organisation type

    Research funding body

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