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TAS Country : June 7th 2012
Friday, June 8, 2012 Tasmanian Country 7 News Parasite poses national threat From Page 5 Dr Jan Slapeta, the lead author of the study, from the Faculty of Veterinary Science, said the research also raised questions about which other domestic and native animals could be affected by the parasite. ''If the cow with the parasite has an apparently healthy female calf the parasite can be silently passed on to that healthy animal, increasing the chance of aborting in its first few pregnancies,'' Dr Slapeta said. Dogs become hosts to the parasite after eating in- fected meat from a variety of animals. Dr Graeme Brown, a senior author of the study, also from the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the university, said until now abortions caused by neos- pora caninum have been identified and associated with domestic dogs known to harbour the parasite. ''What we did for the first time was look at two other dog populations from across Australia: wild dogs and remote Aboriginal community dogs (which live in varying degrees of domestication). We found that both populations have a high degree of exposure.'' Two important con- clusions come from that result. ''The first is that the range of the parasite is not confined to the east coast of Australia but extends acro- ss the country, placing more of Australia's cattle market at risk than pre- viously realised. ''Secondly the presence of the parasite in wild dogs means neospora caninum has a previously unrecogn- ised ability to infect native wildlife. ''Its possible impact on Australian ecosystems is unknown and maybe underestimated,'' Dr Brown said. A risk factor is the num- ber of dogs present on or around a property. ''Understanding the in- teractions of native wild- life, the cattle industry and dog populations will help our efforts to fight this infection,'' he said. 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Help make a good year a great one ith an ANZ Farm Management Deposit Account^ . UTAS wins key research funds ROGER HANSON SID SIDEBOTTOM THE University of Tas- mania is to become a re- search hub for forestry and aquaculture. The Experimental Aquaculture Facility (EAF) and a National Insti- tute for Future Forest In- dustries (NIFFI) have been successful in securing grants for research. The $5 million funding grant will help drive re- search and innovation in both aquaculture and for- estry industries. Both fisheries and forestry were critical industries for the state, employing thou- sands of Tasmanians and assisting the local econ- omy, Sid Sidebottom, the Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, said. ''Tasmania is recognised as a national and inter- national leader in marine research and, as Aust- ralia's largest producer of seafood, it is critical we invest to make sure this industry remains strong and viable into the future,'' Mr Sidebottom said. ''Similarly, forestry is critical to the ongoing pros- perity of the State, as well as having an important role in the country's en- vironmental and economic future, especially in our regional areas. ''The two projects being funded at UTAS will en- sure we remain world leaders in both the aquaculture and forestry industries.'' The EAF will become a regional and national sea- food research and inno- vation hub and will allow a host of organisations to work together, with a special focus on graduate student research opportun- ities. The facility will allow a greater understanding of issues such as environ- mental management, food safety, climate change im- pacts, cleaner technologies and production. The NIFFI will drive the research, development, innovation, extension and training for future forest products and industries. Its research activities will range from plantation management systems and productivity through to su- stainable forestry, cleaner technologies and new for- est economies including carbon and environmental services. Learn to control feral animals A ROADSHOW at Camp- bell Town will outline how to deal with those pesky varmints. If your farm is overrun with non-native pests, such as cats, rabbits, star- lings, skylarks or deer and you would like to know what weapons are available, the roadshow on Thursday should be just the ticket. The Invasive Animals Co-operative Research Centre is bringing its PestSmart Roadshow to town to pass on its know- ledge about the problems of feral pests and what farmers can do to manage them. The free roadshow will showcase its Pest- Smart Toolkits, an online collection of information on invasive species. The centre is present- ing the roadshow in con- junction with Australian Wool Innovation and Meat and Livestock Aust- ralia. It will be held at New Grange Meeting and Function Centre, Camp- bell Town, on June 14 from 8.30am to 4.30pm. People wishing to at- tend must register at www.feral.org.au/pest smart/roadshow.
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