Harnessing the genome of the Australian paralysis tick to develop effective control products (2013–2016)

The Australian paralysis tick (Ixodes holocyclus- unique to Australia) causes disease and death in pets and livestock costing millions annually in treatments. This project aims to identify tick saliva constituents that cause paralysis and toxicoses. Ticks are possibly the earliest parasites to have developed blood-feeding capabilities. Together with the usual tick anti-coagulating armoury, the paralysis tick injects a toxin(s) which is fatal to dogs and cats unless treated. Our multi-disciplinary team of tick experts has identified new compounds which following further discovery, production and laboratory model screening, the outcome will be to develop new treatments to be commercialised by the linkage partner.
Grant type:
ARC Linkage Projects
  • Professorial Research Fellow
    Centre for Animal Science
    Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
    Affiliate Professorial Research Fel
    School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
    Faculty of Science
Funded by:
Australian Research Council