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Integrated control of ticks and tick-borne diseases vaccine development, diagnostics, genetic resistance and delivery systems

Objective

This ICTTD concerted action project has the following main objectives:
* Utilise results of several ongoing INCO-DC research projects on the control of tropical tick-borne diseases of livestock.
* Contribute towards increased livestock productivity and therefore improved living conditions in developing countries.

The specific project objectives are:
* Contribute to the development of improved vaccines against tick-borne diseases. Ultimate aim is to replace current infection and treatment methods and attenuated vaccines, which use live parasites, by inactivated or defined sub-unit vaccines.
* Contribute to the development of improved ELISA and PCR diagnostics. Recombinant antigens for the diagnosis of tick-borne diseases are being produced, standardized and validated through interlaboratory studies. DNA probes and PCR technology for the detection of parasite DNA sequences in blood samples or ticks will be developed further and adapted to specific regional needs.
* The economic impact of ticks and tick-borne diseases on subsistence and higher production livestock economies will be studied and strategies designed for optimal control on a cost-recovery basis.
Expected Outcome

The ICTTD concerted action project has created a large international network of researchers on ticks and tropical tick-borne diseases. It is expected that such a global Network will contribute to solving some of the main problems associated with these diseases by integrating improved controls methods within a sustainable animal health policy in developing countries.
The following activities have taken place:
* Over 130 associate members have been registered, mainly from developing countries, in addition to the original 24 laboratories with 42 participating scientists from Europe, Africa and the Caribbean.
* Short term exchange visits, workshops and meetings have been conducted and are planned for the future.
* Three issues of a Newsletter on Integrated Control of Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases have been published and are distributed free of charge.
* A WWW homepage has been established, with an electronic version of the ICTTD project Newsletter on the internet at http://www.ruu.nl/tropical.ticks.

Coordinator

Rijksuniversiteit Utrecht
Address
1,Yalelaan 1
3508 TD Utrecht
Netherlands

Participants (18)

Agricultural Research Council
South Africa
Address
X055,private Bag X055
1 Pretoria
CENTRE DE COOPERATION INTERNATIONALE EN RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT - CIRAD
France
Address
10 Rue Pierre Curie
97165 Pointe A Pitre
Centre International de Recherche-Développement sur l'Elevage en Zone Subhumides
Burkina Faso
Address

10 Bobo-dioulasso
ECOLE NATIONALE DE MEDICINE VETERINAIRE
Tunisia
Address

2020 Sidi Thabet
Forschungsinstitut Borstel - Institutfür Experimentelle Biologie und Medizin
Germany
Address
2,Parkallee 2
23845 Borstel
INSTITUT AGRONOMIQUE ET VETERINAIRE HASSAN II
Morocco
Address
10101,Avenue Allal El Fassi, Rabat Institutes
10101 Rabat / Agdal
INSTITUT PASTEUR DE TUNIS
Tunisia
Address
13,Place Pasteur 13
1002 Tunis
INSTITUT SENEGALAIS DE RECHERCHES AGRICOLES
Senegal
Address

Dakar
ROSLIN INSTITUTE (EDINBURGH)
United Kingdom
Address

EH25 9PS Roslin, Midlothian
Royal Veterinary College
United Kingdom
Address
Hawshead Lane
AL9 7TA North Mymms
UNIVERSIDADE NOVA DE LISBOA
Portugal
Address
Rua De Junqueira 96
1349 Lisboa
UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
Address
Easter Bush Sir Alexander Robertson Building
EH25 9RG Roslin
UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
Address
West Mains Road, Ashworth Laboratories, King's Bu
EH9 3JT Edinburgh
UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW
United Kingdom
Address
Bearsden Road
G61 1QH Glasgow
UNIVERSITY OF YORK
United Kingdom
Address
Heslington
York
Universidad de Extremadura
Spain
Address
S/n,crta. De Trujillo S/n
10071 Cáceres
University of Khartoum
Sudan
Address

1111 Khartoum North
University of Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe
Address
Mont Pleasant
30 Harare