USDA-ARS Grand Challenge:
Integrated Approaches for the Control of Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases of Livestock.
Goal: The synergistic goal of this Grand Challenge project is to use cattle fever ticks and bovine babesiosis as a model to inform strategies to prevent or mitigate future incursions of invasive tick species in the US.
To meet this goal we will:
- Define the biogeographical factors that allow for tick success and range expansion.
- Identify genetic determinants of traits that enable adaptation by tick populations.
- Develop novel and refine existing interventions targeting ticks and cattle pathogens.
- Determine the costs and benefits of various interventions to control ticks and tick-borne diseases.
Summary narrative can be found here.