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Initiatives to combat sheep scab

Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep (SCOPS)

There is also the Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep group which was formed to develop strategies for parasite control in sheep and to oversee the delivery of recommendations to the industry. You can find more information about SCOPS on the NSA's website.

Research into alternatives methods of controlling sheep scab

Government has commissioned research to investigate alternatives to conventional veterinary medicines to control scab. The research is on going, details of the projects are below:

Project Number Project Title
VM02304 Identification of novel control methods for sheep scab mite.
OD0536 Biochemical and physiological studies to identify potential targets for the control of Psoroptes ovis.
OD0537 Biochemical and immunological studies in sheep infected with the mite, Psoroptes ovis.
OD0538 Studies on the biological control of sheep scab mite, Psoroptes ovis, using entomopathogenic fungi.
OD0539 Potential targets for biologically based novel methods of control of the sheep scab mite by study of its basic biology and endocrinology.
OD0544 Immunological approaches to the control of sheep scab.
OD0545 Studies on the Biological Control of the sheep scab mite Psoroptes ovis.
OD0546 Endocrinology and vitro culture of sheep scab.
OD0552 Identification of novel control methods through better understanding of the biology and physiology of the sheep scab mite.
OD0553 Investigation of the potential for the control of sheep scab using immunological approaches and the development of diagnostic tools
Last Updated: 21 January 2011

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