Investigation of causal factors for equine amnionitis and foetal loss




Thoroughbred Horses

Research Organisation

The University of Queensland

Objective Summary

1.To determine whether administration of processionary caterpillars (Ochrogaster lunifer) to pregnant mares is associated with increased risk of foetal loss and abortion. 2.To develop a laboratory animal model for use in the screening and study of agents suspected of causing abortion in horses. 3.To determine whether exposure of pregnant laboratory animals to Australian native pennyroyal (Mentha satureioides) results in increased risk of foetal loss and abortion.

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Project Start Date

Saturday, July 1, 2006

Project Completion Date

Monday, November 24, 2008

Journal Articles From Project

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National Priority

Frontier technologies for building and transforming Australian industries

National Priority

Adoption of R&D

National Priority

HOR-Reduce the incidence and impact of diseases and parasites in horses


Related publications


Equine Amnionitis and Foetal Loss: The role of caterpillars