Research to improve the resistance of Australias northern beef herds to cattle ticks received a boost recently with the discovery that tropically-adapted cattle breeds have a different immune response to tick infestation than more susceptible European breeds.
CSIRO Livestock Industries scientist, Dr Ian Sutherland, says that while research has traditionally focused on the genetics of tick resistance, little was known about the underlying immune mechanisms involved.
Now, however, Dr Sutherlands parasitology team in Rockhampton has found that tropically-adapted (Bos indicus) cattle, such as Brahmans, which are known for their high tolerance to cattle ticks (Boophilus microplus), switch off parts of their immune system in response to tick infestation.
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