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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2008-09
Flystrike prevention (continued) Activity Progress in 2008/09 Development of intradermal. • Phase 1 trials were successfully conducted with Cobbett Technologies to test the effectiveness of an intradermal alternative for flystrike control. There was positive progress with a positive outlook for this alternative. Phase 2 development has commenced. Marketing and communications of alternatives to growers. • In conjunction with AWI's Corporate Affairs department, 16 roadshows were conducted around Australia, attended by 700 woolgrowers. The roadshows were supported by brokers, AWEX, commercial companies and farming representative bodies. • Articles regarding R&D into flystrike prevention were included in AWI's Beyond the Bale magazine. A summary report on R&D progress was distributed to woolgrowers in August 2008. Economic evaluation of flystrike prevention and control strategies. • An economic evaluation tool has been created to assist adoption of alternative blowfly management strategies -- a full peer review of the tool is occurring. Flystrike prevention trials of Alginate (FSP-1) and Cyanoacrylate (FSP-2). • An external scientific body conducted an evaluation of the trials and concluded the technology was unsuccessful. No further funding provided; IP being sold. Blowfly genome project. • Most of the blowfly genetic code has been mapped' and 400 genes considered to be unique to the blowfly have been identified. The project found a transformer gene for female development and a transgenesis vehicle for weakening the blowfly. Animal health and welfare Activity Progress in 2008/09 Parasite control. • A project to develop a fungal sheep lousicide is nearing completion and has moved to the commercialisation phase. A partner has been secured to develop the registration package. • A project to discover new anthelmintic targets, using Ribonucleic acid (RNA) interference on previously identified targets and cloning newly discovered targets, continued. One gene sequence was proposed for patent protection mid project; the project continued according to milestone schedules. • Validation of Integrated Parasite Management principles on demonstration farms has been completed. • Wool residue monitoring has continued during the year. • The development of a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for major sheep nematode parasites has continued according to milestone schedules. Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation -- Improved Parasite Management. • The WormBoss website was regularly reviewed and updated. • Targeted treatment methods were assessed according to milestone schedules. • Content for a FlyBoss website was developed according to milestone schedules. Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation -- Reproduction Efficiency. • Cost:benefit analysis of weaner management strategies continued according to milestone schedules. • The development of a compelling case for improving reproductive performance in sheep flocks continued according to schedule. • Delivery programs for improved ewe, lamb and weaner survival continued according to milestone schedules. Improved disease control. • A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) footrot diagnostic test is now commercially available in NSW. Results support test application to Victorian flocks as well. • The Annual Ryegrass Toxicity (ARGT) vaccine antibody response project was completed. The commercialisation plan continued according to milestone schedules. • A search for new footrot antigens for vaccines halted, having found some initial vaccine candidates. Work on a sequential vaccination with custom serotypes continued. REPORT OF OPERATIONS -- R&D
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