Runtism and survival in captive saltwater crocodiles

Summary

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Program

New and Emerging Animal Industries

Research Organisation

The University of Sydney

Objective Summary

The major objective is to evaluate the specific risk factors associated with juvenile mortality in particular runtism and disease susceptibility within a genetic framework. This will help producers identify the main causes of juvenile mortality on their farms and determine whether mortalities are clutchrelated yearrelated or more unlikely randomly occurring events. The major objective of the histopathology study is to examine the issue of runtism and attempt to observe any differences between 'normal' and 'runt' crocodiles. This will provide clues of why runtism occurs. Similar studies have been conducted in other crocodilians but not for saltwater crocodiles. Since this is an area of major profit loss within the Australian crocodile industrythis pilot histopathology study is of great importance.

Project Code

PRJ-000550

Project Stage

Closed

Project Start Date

Thursday, September 1, 2005

Project Completion Date

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Journal Articles From Project

Not Available

National Priority

Frontier technologies for building and transforming Australian industries

National Priority

Advanced Technology

National Priority

NAP-Provide new and developing animal industries with regular and up-to-date market assessments

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