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An immunological and immunogenetic approach to understand and to protect Tasmanian devils against Devil Facial Tumour Disease [ 2009-11-01 - 2012-09-30 ]

Research Grant

[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/LP0989727]

Researchers: Dr Katherine Belov (Chief Investigator) ,  A/Prof Gregory Woods (Chief Investigator) ,  Mr Alexandre Kreiss (Postdoctoral Fellow)

Brief description An immunological and immunogenetic approach to understand and to protect Tasmanian devils against Devil Facial Tumour Disease. The Tasmanian devil is the world's largest living carnivorous marsupial. From an environmental perspective, devils play a fundamental role through scavenging. Dead and dying animals were removed nightly from Tasmania's landscape and therefore decaying carcases did not require removal. Loss of this top order scavenger will alter the balance of biodiversity and non-native animals (such as foxes, feral cats, crows, and even European wasps) will then compete for this scavenger role. As these animals are non-selective they will also prey on living animals and many of Tasmania's native animals (such as Eastern barred bandicoot, potoroos, quolls etc.) will be seriously threatened and our biodiverse landscape could be irreversibly altered.

Funding Amount $400,000

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