We learned this week that two Invetus staff, Dr Tim Elliott and Dr Brendan Sharpe, along with University of New England’s Professor Stephen Walkden-Brown and Isabelle Ruhnke, were successful in receiving an R&D project grant from Australian Eggs Limited (Australian Egg Corporation) for their proposal Sustainable worm control with improved understanding, methods and information availability in free range laying systems.
The project seeks to add to the knowledge base around controlling avian nematodes to improve free-range laying systems.
The total project value is approx. $400,000 with Australian Eggs contributing $150,000 cash, with the remainder being in-kind contributions from UNE, Invetus, and Industry. There is an additional contribution from UNE in the form of annual study stipends for PhD student Teka Dewo (Ethiopia). Tim and Brendan are co-supervisors for Teka’s PhD candidature. Invetus’ other role will involve maintenance of parasite libraries and co-management of the worm boss management tool that the project will develop.
The whole team breathed a sigh of relief at getting the proposal over the line, and are to be congratulated on a great example of Invetus/UNE collaboration.
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