Breeding away ticks can be done

July 8th, 2021

North Queensland Register, Other, 07/07/2021
Dr Heather Burrow, a University of New England professorial research fellow, initiated a project that found there is proof-of-concept for using the cattle genome to tackle ticks. A ground-breaking multi-nation study has shown that breeding strong tick resistance into all cattle breeds is feasible, indicating that cattle tick may be much more effectively managed, or even eradicated. […] The study that has excited Dr Burrow was led by Brazilian researcher Dr Fernando Cardoso of the Embrapa Pecuaria Sul (Brazilian Agricultural Corporation) at Bage, and involved a large cast of scientists from the Roslin Institute in Scotland, UNISA and ARC in South Africa, the University of Queensland, CSIRO, and Dr Burrow herself.

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