Flystrike vaccine project attracts funding

NEW STRATEGIES: University of Melbourne researcher Dr Trent Perry is working on new ways of approaching flystrike.
NEW STRATEGIES: University of Melbourne researcher Dr Trent Perry is working on new ways of approaching flystrike.

FLYSTRIKE is one of the banes of the sheep and lamb community and a new project worth $2.5 million will help to tackle it. 

Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) has announced a a vaccine project which is a collaboration between AWI, the University of Melbourne and CSIRO. 

Flystrike costs the industry more than $173 million annually in management and lost production.   

AWI general manager for research, Dr Jane Littlejohn said the flystrike vaccine project was expected to deliver an advanced flystrike prevention tool, providing whole animal protection, reducing the use and reliance on chemical insecticides and potentially offering a replacement to the current practices of breech modification.

University of Melbourne researcher Dr Trent Perry said that the population sampling data is essential for any effective control strategies.

“By understanding the populations of blowflies across Australia, we can identify the levels of migrations between populations,” he said.