In 2006, RIRDC funded a 2 year project at the University of Queensland (PRJ000530 Investigation of causal factors for equine amnionitis and foetal loss) that would seek to establish the role of the processionary caterpillar in the aetiology of EAFL. The project has shown unequivocally that the processionary caterpillar and the exoskeleton of the caterpillar will induce abortion in mares in a manner that is similar to that seen in field cases with nonpathogenic, environmental bacteria being isolated from the aborted foetuses. In the initial RIRDC application detailed histopathology was to be undertaken on aborted foetuses and associated membranes.
The University of Queensland
Investigate the effect of Processionary caterpillars on the mare and so determine the role of the mare in the pathogenesis of Equine Amnionitis and Foetal Loss (EAFL) by detailing the histopathological changes seen in mares that have aborted due to this condition.
Project Start Date
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Project Completion Date
Friday, April 30, 2010
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