Assessing animal exposure to urticating caterpillar hairs and developing management strategies to reduce the consequence of foetal abortion in mares. (2014–2017)

Abstract:
Equine Amnionitis and Foetal Loss (EAFL) accounts for about a third of mares aborting in Thoroughbred horse studs in southern QLD, NSW and VIC. Previous studies have shown that processionary caterpillars and their irritating setae (hairs) can cause EAFL. This project will determine the likelihood that other caterpillar species are involved based on hair morphology and a surrogate model system. A full risk assessment of the exposure of mares to these hairs in situ will be undertaken, based on the ecology and biology of the species. Outcomes include a management strategy for EAFL-causing insects and a reduction of EAFL within the industry.
Grant type:
ARC Linkage Projects
Researchers:
  • Acting Head of School
    School of Biological Sciences
    Faculty of Science
  • Professor of Animal Science
    School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
    Faculty of Science
    Affiliated Professor
    Centre for Animal Science
    Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
  • Senior Lecturer in Equine Science
    School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
    Faculty of Science
    Affiliated Senior Fellow
    Centre for Animal Science
    Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
  • Head of School
    School of Veterinary Science
    Faculty of Science
Funded by:
Australian Research Council