Use of the guinea pig as a laboratory model for EAFL (xtn of PRJ-530 and -2592)


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.


Thoroughbred Horses

Research Organisation

The University of Queensland

Objective Summary

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.

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Project Start Date

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Project Completion Date

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

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


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Use of the guinea pig as a laboratory model for Equine Amnionitis and Fetal Loss (EAFL)