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SheepGenomics Parasite Subprogram

Project start date: 01 July 2008
Project end date: 30 November 2009
Publication date: 30 November 2009
Livestock species: Sheep, Lamb


The Parasite Subprogram combined the sheep resource flocks from CSIRO Livestock Industries, Sydney University and the University of New England with skilled animal geneticists and animal and molecular biologists from the 3 organisations, Monash University and PIRVic. The Subprogram focussed on 5 major activities:Confirmation of 3 worm resistance QTL for the generation of DNA markers;A suite of at least 5 confirmed candidate genes for worm resistance in sheep;Alternative(s) to faecal egg counts as diagnostic measures of worm resistance; Serum biomarkers as indicators of parasite resistanceEstablishment of gene characterisation technologies to enable gene modulation strategies in a second-round Sheep Genomics