Improving diagnostic of liver and rumen fluke livestock parasites utilising exosome-like

Project: Externally funded research

Project Details


Controlling parasitic worms in livestock is of utmost importance in providing improved animal welfare and higher quality produce for consumers. Of particular note are the parasitic liver flukes and rumen flukes. Significant economic losses are attributed to both of these parasitic flukes in the sheep and cattle industries. Currently there are no farm based diagnostic tests for either liver fluke or rumen fluke that are suitable for routine application. This project exploits new findings of parasite biology to develop a rapid pen-side diagnostic test to diagnose and differentiate between liver and rumen fluke infections. Furthermore, this project will also address the diagnosis of liver fluke drug response status; namely liver fluke infections that are susceptible or resistant to the current drug of choice triclabendazole.
Effective start/end date01 Apr 201531 Mar 2018


  • Innovate UK (102108): £210,655.06

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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