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EU cash for research into parasite drug.

RESEARCHERS into new vaccines to protect livestock from parasites have won a pounds 7.5m European grant.

The Moredun Research Institute will use the EU grant to look at vaccines used against parasitic diseases such as roundworm, tapeworm and fluke, as part of a consortium including 11 European groups, three from South America plus organisations from Africa, Asia and Australia.

NFU animal health and welfare advisor Catherine McLaughlin said: "Science has a key role to play in food production and any research that can help reduce the impact of debilitating parasitic disease among our farmed livestock must be welcomed.

"Research such as this can help farmers and growers meet the increasingly challenging demands of producing more food while impacting less on the environment. "There is growing concern at the levels of resistance which these parasitic worms are acquiring to conventional wormers. This has serious implications for the health and welfare of our animals and therefore we look forward to the results of these studies as solutions to this growing threat."
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 28, 2010
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