Liver Fluke at Liverpool
Research with impact
Liver fluke is a parasitic worm that affects grazing animals, and is becoming increasingly common. It is a significant animal health and welfare issue and is of great economic importance, costing the UK livestock industry an estimated £300 million per year.
We are working on finding improved ways to control fluke infection in sheep and cattle by designing new diagnostic tests, developing strategic control programmes and sustainable use of drug treatments, and supporting vaccine development. We are also determining how climate and other global changes to the livestock industry will affect prevalence of disease and development of drug resistance. We have sequenced the genome of Fasciola hepatica and are working to identify the genetic basis of drug resistance.
Our research is supported by BBSRC, the EU, and industrial funding in collaboration with leading academic, government and industrial partners: