Projects - Disease Systems

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Identification, investigation and implementation of plant-based parasite control strategies. DFID-BBSRC, (Co-I)

This project is in collaboration with Dr Jos Houdijk (PI), Etana Debela and Adugna Tolera, Hawassa University.

The overall aim of this program of work is to evaluate anti-parasitic efficacy, to identify detrimental side effects, to determine safety margins and to investigate mode of action of Ethiopian and UK plant preparations for preventative helminth- and ecto-parasite control in sheep.

This overall aim will be addressed through five sequential sub-objectives:

  1. inventory of plants used in ethno-veterinary practices in Ethiopia to combat helminth- and ecto-parasites, and to collect Ethiopian and UK plant preparations
  2. in vitro screening of plant preparations for their anti-parasitic properties
  3. in vivo testing of bio-active plant preparations using a mouse model
  4. in vivo testing of most effective bio-active plant preparations using sheep models
  5. on-farm demonstrations of most promising approaches

Dr Spiridoula Athanasiadou

Research Scientist

Address: Animal & Veterinary Sciences, SRUC, Roslin Institute Building, Easter Bush, Midlothian EH25 9RG

Telephone: 0131 651 9355

Fax: 0131 535 3121


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