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Sustainable worm control with improved understanding, methods and information availability

The free-range production system facilitates the lifecycle of roundworms (nematodes) and tapeworms (cestodes) of chickens by increased contact with parasite eggs or intermediate hosts. In Australia only two drugs are registered for use for worm control, both are over 50 years old, neither control tapeworms and the resistance status of worms to these drugs is unknown. Methods and approaches to control are ill-defined and inaccessible and defined strains for use in research are not available, lagging far behind the situation with ruminant helminths. This project will deliver an improved understand of the prevalence, importance and management of worms within the free range egg industry. It will also generate improved methods of worm diagnosis, collection, storage and evaluation as well as a collection of characterised poultry helminths for reference and future research. A new website will be created to support integrated control of worms in poultry.

Project date

1 Jan 2019-31 Dec 2021
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Principal investigator

Steve Walkden-Brown

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Australian Eggs

Australian Eggs is a member owned not-for-profit company providing marketing and research & development (R&D) services for the benefit of …

  • Location

    Australia wide

  • Organisation type

    Research funding body

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