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 Welcome to the Animal Parasitic Disease Laboratory's Homepage

The mission of the Animal Parasitic Diseases Laboratory is to reduce the economic cost of parasitism in livestock and poultry and to reduce the risk of transmission of parasite zoonoses to humans. Emphasis is placed on developing integrated control programs for important parasitic diseases. Research includes basic and applied studies on:

  • Mechanisms of parasite transmission, the infection process, parasite development and host-parasite interactions
  • The development of novel methods for parasite control, such as parasite vaccines and non-chemical anti-parasitics
  • The diagnosis and control of livestock parasites transmissible to humans.


For more information on the diseases we study and our research approaches, click on the following links.
Neosporosis                         Toxoplasmosis                               Coccidiosis
TrichinellosisEPM/Sarcocystis neuronaMolecular Systematics

Dr. Benjamin Rosenthal, Research Leader
Building 1040, Room 103 Beltsville Agricultural Research Center
United States Department of Agriculture
Agricultural Research Service
10300 Baltimore Avenue
Beltsville, Maryland 20705-2350
(301) 504-5408 Office
(301) 504-8979 Fax

Last Modified: 8/12/2016
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