Dr Caroline Chylinski

Postdoctoral Scientist - Parasitologist
Animal & Veterinary Sciences
Disease Systems

Research interests:

Gastrointestinal nematodes (GIN) of sheep are highly successful parasites. Their near ubiquitous presence in small ruminant production systems makes them one of the greatest threats to livestock health, welfare and production. My research interests lie in exploring how GIN interact with the challenges of their environment to enable their success, with the aim of identifying weaknesses that may be exploited for improved control.   Research areas include:

  • Evolutionary ecology and the selective pressures shaping GIN life-history strategies
  • Bioactive agents and forages as alternatives to disease control
  • Factors influencing host susceptibility and/or or resistance to infection
  • Farm practices and the interplay between livestock health, welfare and production
  • Farmer sociology and the transfer of knowledge

Selected research projects

  • RELACS
    Replacement of contentious inputs in organic farming systems
  • BarkCure
    Antiparasitic effects of condensed tannins from Norwegian pine and spruce bark
  • Health x Welfare x Production
    Exploring the interplay between livestock health, welfare and production in New Zealand farming
  • Marie Curie ITN Nematode Systems Health
    A systems biology approach to controlling Nematode infections of livestock

Selected publications

  1. Cabaret J, Chylinski C, Meradi S, Laignel G, Nicourt C, Bentounsi B, Benoit M (2015). Trade-off between farmers’ autonomy and control of sheep parasitic gastro-intestinal nematodes in conventional and organic farms. Livestock Science 181: 108 -113.
  2. Chylinski C, Cortet J, Sallé G, Jacquiet P, Cabaret J (2015). Storage of gastrointestinal nematode infective larvae for species preservation and experimental infections. Parasitology Research 114 (2): 715 – 720.
  3. Chylinski C, Lherminé E, Coquille M, Cabaret J (2014). Desiccation tolerance of gastrointestinal nematode third stage larvae: exploring the effects on fitness and the factors influencing survival. Parasitology Research 113 (8): 2789 – 2796.
  4. Chylinski C, Cortet J, Neveu C, Cabaret J (2015). Exploring the limitations of pathophysiological indicators used for targeted selective treatment in sheep experimentally infected with Haemonchus contortus. Veterinary Parasitology 207 (1-2): 85-93.
  5. Cabaret J., Chylinski C., Vaarst M. The Freedoms and Capabilities of Farm Animals: How Can Organic Husbandry Fulfill Them? In: Organic Farming, Prototype for Sustainable Agricultures. Eds. S. Bellon, S. Penvern. Springer. 2014.

Dr Caroline Chylinski

Research Scientist

Address: Roslin Institute Building, Easter Bush, Midlothian, EH25 9RG

E-mail: Caroline.Chylinski@sruc.ac.uk