A previously unrecognised form of abortion in mares was identified in Australia in 2004 and the condition was characterised and termed Equine Amnionitis and Foetal Loss (EAFL). Research funded by RIRDC (PRJ000530 and PRJ002592) has shown that the processionary caterpillar (Ochrogaster lunifer) has a role in the aetiology of this condition. This project will continue on from this work and aims to develop the guinea pig as a laboratory model to further elucidate the pathophysiology of this disease.
The University of Queensland
Develop the guinea pig as a laboratory model for equine amnionitis and foetal loss (EAFL) and to then use this model to investigate the mechanism by which the Processionary Caterpillar causes EAFL.
Project Start Date
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Project Completion Date
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
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