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Research Project: Cattle Fever Tick Control and Eradication

Location: Livestock Arthropod Pests Research

Title: Cattle tick vaccine researchers join forces in CATVAC

item SCHETTERS, THEO - Protactivity R&d
item BISHOP, RICHARD - International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) - Kenya
item CRAMPTON, MICHAEL - Council For Scientific And Industrial Research (CSIR)
item KOPACEK, PETR - Academy Of Science Of Czech Republic
item LEW-TABOR, ALICJA - University Of Queensland
item MARITZ-OLIVIER, CHRISTINE - University Of Pretoria
item Miller, Robert
item MOSQUEDA, JUAN - Autonomous University Of Queretaro
item PATARROYO, JOAQUIN - Universidade Federal De Vicosa
item RODRIGUEZ-VALLE, MANUEL - University Of Queensland
item Scoles, Glen
item DE LA FUENTE, JOSE - Oklahoma State University

Submitted to: Parasites & Vectors
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/14/2016
Publication Date: 2/24/2016
Citation: Schetters, T., Bishop, R., Crampton, M., Kopacek, P., Lew-Tabor, A., Maritz-Olivier, C., Miller, R., Mosqueda, J., Patarroyo, J., Rodriguez-Valle, M., Scoles, G.A., De La Fuente, J. 2016. Cattle tick vaccine researchers join forces in CATVAC. Parasites & Vectors. 9:105.

Interpretive Summary: The cattle fever tick, Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus and R. annulatus is the most economically important ectoparasite of cattle world-wide. The evolution of pesticide resistance has made many commercially available products unusable for the control of these ticks. Anti-tick vaccine technology has been available since the mid 1980s and is an alternative to traditional chemical control. Several research groups have been working independently searching for and testing candidate antigens for vaccine development. Mass vaccination of cattle against ticks has has had positive outcomes in Australia, Cuba, Venezuela, and Mexico. The continent of Africa is in great need for better control strategies for the control of these ticks. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded a meeting in Morocco of the main anti-tick research groups worldwide in order to develop a research consortium with the goal of finding the best vaccine candidate for the continent. At this meeting it was agreed to work together to develop standardized testing and analysis techniques for anti-tick vaccine development research. Additionally, it was agreed to design a large experiment to test the vaccine efficacy of many of the antigens available to the independent research groups. The best candidates will be recommended for the suppression of cattle fever ticks in Africa.

Technical Abstract: A meeting sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation was held at the Avanti Hotel, Mohammedia, Morocco, July 14–15, 2015. The meeting resulted in the formation of the Cattle Tick Vaccine Consortium (CATVAC).