Tea tree oil for control of sheep ectoparasites


The project aims to develop a formulation suitable for application to live sheep by conventional methods and then demonstrate efficacy in the treatment of lice infestations and flystrike in further laboratory and live animal studies. These studies will be conducted in a format that can be used to support a future registration application for a commercial product.


Tea Tree Oil

Research Organisation

OLD ABN-The State Of Queensland Acting Through The Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation

Objective Summary

Increasing the market for tea tree oil by: Demonstrating the effectiveness of tea tree oil (TTO) formulations in controlling sheep lice (Bovicola ovis) at concentrations that make development of a commercial formulation economically viable Demonstrating the effectiveness of a TTO based formulation in treating flystrikes and protecting wounds against new strikes Providing data towards the assessment of the commercial feasibility of development of TTObased sheep ectoparasiticides and that can support registration of TTO products suitable for use in conventional and organic production systems.

Project Code


Project Stage


Project Start Date

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Project Completion Date

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

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

TTO-Increasing demand


Related publications


Controlling Fly Strike and Louse Infections in Sheep with Tea Tree Oil