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Innovative and sustainable strategies to mitigate the impact of global change on helminth infections in ruminants

Objective

Infections with parasitic worms (nematodes and trematodes) represent a significant economic and welfare burden to the European ruminant livestock industry. The increasing prevalence of anthelmintic resistance means that current control programmes are costly and unsustainable in the long term. Recent changes in the epidemiology, seasonality and geographic distribution of helminth infections have been attributed to climate change. However, other changes in environment (e.g. land use) and in livestock farming, such as intensification and altered management practices, will also have an impact on helminth infections. Sustainable control of helminth infections in a changing world requires detailed knowledge of these interactions. GLOWORM will devise new, sustainable strategies for the effective control of ruminant helminthoses in the face of global change. We will: (1) optimise diagnosis, by developing novel, high-throughput diagnostic tests for mixed helminth infections, sub-clinical infections and anthelmintic resistance, (2) map, monitor and predict the impact of global change on parasite epidemiology, leading to spatial risk maps and improved forecasting of disease, (3) produce predictive models to identify optimal future intervention strategies, (4) identify and mitigate the economic impacts of infections and (5) involve end-users in the production and dissemination of detailed advice for effective worm control.
We will work together to develop a panel of innovative technologies and models to monitor and predict changing patterns of infection and disease, optimise the use of anthelmintics to limit the development and spread of drug resistance, and reduce the overall economic impact of helminth infections. GLOWORM will contribute to the continued productivity and profitability of European livestock farming by delivering new tools, strategies and recommendations for the monitoring, surveillance, and sustainable control of helminth infections in grazing livestock.

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2011-5
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Funding Scheme

CP-TP - Collaborative Project targeted to a special group (such as SMEs)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
Belgium
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 414 000
Administrative Contact
Margo Baele (Dr.)

Participants (13)

AVIA-GIS NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 319 978
Address
Risschotlei 33
2980 Zoersel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Guy Hendrickx (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 223 146
Address
Beacon House Queens Road
BS8 1QU Bristol
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Audrey Michael (Ms.)
SOCIETA PER L EPIDEMIOLOGIA E LAPREVENZIONE GIULLIO A MACCACARO IMPRESA SOCIALE SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 115 000
Address
Via Francesco Nullo 19
20129 Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Maria Larossa (Ms.)
FREIE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 322 120
Address
Kaiserswerther Strasse 16-18
14195 Berlin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christine Kossbau (Ms.)
LABOKLIN LABOR FUR KLINISCHE DIAGNOSTIK GMBH & CO KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 147 002
Address
Steubenstr 4
97688 Bad Kissingen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Elisabeth Mueller (Dr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 360 000
Address
Brownlow Hill 765 Foundation Building
L69 7ZX Liverpool
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Pamela Neagle (Ms.)
MOREDUN RESEARCH INSTITUTE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 300 020
Address
Pentlands Science Park, Bush Loan
EH26 0PZ Penicuik
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Fiona Kenyon (Ms.)
SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 85 000
Address
Almas Alle 8
750 07 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Johan Höglund (Prof.)
Agricultural Catchments Programme
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 129 980
Address
Oak Park
R93 Carlow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anne Dowling (Ms.)
UNIFORM-AGRI BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 75 160
Address
Oostersingel 23
9401JZ Assen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Arnold Evertsen (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 177 000
Address
Belfield
4 Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Donal Doolan (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI FEDERICO II
Italy
EU contribution
€ 190 000
Address
Corso Umberto I, 40
80138 Napoli
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Giuseppe Cringoli (Prof.)
University of Zurich
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 140 000
Address
Ramistrasse 71
8006 Zurich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Paul Torgerson (Prof.)