HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
British cattle give TB to badgers, finds UC Davis expert

The controversial practice of killing wild badgers to prevent tuberculosis in cattle is unlikely to succeed, according to a new study led by Rosie Woodroffe, an ecologist at the University of California, Davis, and a member of Britain's Independent Scientific Group on Cattle TB.

In Britain, farming interests and badger protectionists have battled for 30 years over the merits of culling badgers to fight cattle tuberculosis, a disease which can occasionally be transmitted to people. Farming ministers are currently deciding whether culling should be continued, following a public consultation on the issue which provoked over 47,000 responses.

Woodroffe's report, published Oct. 2 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, highlights the limitations of badger culling as a control strategy for cattle TB.

Woodroffe examined the outcomes when badgers were culled as part of a seven-year experiment conducted by the British Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Conventional wisdom suggested that this should reduce transmission among badgers, as well as from badgers to cattle. Instead, after four years of culling, infection rates in badger had doubled.

"Culling disrupts badgers' territorial behavior so they travel further and interact with more other badgers; that is probably why disease spreads more rapidly," said Woodroffe, the leader of a team which also included researchers from Britain's Central Science Laboratory and Veterinary Laboratories Agency. The biggest increases in infection rates happened in culling areas that could most easily be repopulated by badgers migrating in from neighboring land.

Today's report also provides the first evidence of widespread TB transmission from cattle to badgers. Woodroffe's team found that in 2001, when a nationwide epidemic of foot-and-mouth disease in England temporarily halted routine TB testing of ca
'"/>

Contact: Rosie Woodroffe
rwoodroffe@ucdavis.edu
530-754-9513
University of California - Davis
2-Oct-2006


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. British blackcurrants beat Alzheimers
2. Poll reveals half British public support nuclear future
3. Eruption update: Island in British Overseas Territory is growing in size
4. Oil spills and climate change double the mortality rate of British seabirds
5. Big ears for British wheat
6. UCLA physiologist elected to prestigious British Royal Society
7. British academics to benefit from worlds first national text mining service
8. Johns Hopkins team wins British biotech business plan competition
9. Conservation offers financial rewards for cattle ranchers, study finds
10. Genomics-based vaccine could prevent deadly cattle disease
11. Researchers explain why badger culling fails to control cattle TB

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: British cattle give badgers finds Davis expert

(Date:3/3/2015)... , March 3, 2015 Cryoport, ... of advanced cryogenic logistics solutions for the ... stem cells, cell lines, clinical research organizations, ... today announced the expansion of its relationship ... ("Fred Hutch") Clinical Research Division with ...
(Date:3/2/2015)... March 2, 2015   Neurotechnology , a provider ... the SentiGaze Software Development Kit (SDK). The ... that use off-the-shelf webcams to track eye movements and ... a monitor. Heatmaps can be used for applications such ... online advertising. The SDK can also be used to ...
(Date:2/24/2015)... , Feb. 24, 2015 This report analyzes the worldwide ... following Segments: Face Biometrics, and Voice Biometrics. The report provides separate ... Japan , Europe , ... Africa , and Latin America . ... 2020. Also, a seven-year historic analysis is provided for these markets. ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Cryoport, Inc. Expands Support of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center's Clinical Research Division 2Cryoport, Inc. Expands Support of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center's Clinical Research Division 3Neurotechnology Releases SentiGaze SDK for Eye Movement Tracking Using Ordinary Webcams 2Neurotechnology Releases SentiGaze SDK for Eye Movement Tracking Using Ordinary Webcams 3World Face and Voice Biometrics Industry 2World Face and Voice Biometrics Industry 3World Face and Voice Biometrics Industry 4World Face and Voice Biometrics Industry 5World Face and Voice Biometrics Industry 6World Face and Voice Biometrics Industry 7World Face and Voice Biometrics Industry 8World Face and Voice Biometrics Industry 9World Face and Voice Biometrics Industry 10World Face and Voice Biometrics Industry 11World Face and Voice Biometrics Industry 12World Face and Voice Biometrics Industry 13World Face and Voice Biometrics Industry 14World Face and Voice Biometrics Industry 15World Face and Voice Biometrics Industry 16
(Date:3/4/2015)... CALIFORNIA (PRWEB) March 04, 2015 ... firm in the life sciences industry, hired David ... leads the Cloud Compliance Services and Solutions at ... utilize cloud based applications while maintaining compliance with government ... Blewitt has been an accomplished life sciences regulatory and ...
(Date:3/4/2015)... --Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/jspg2c/global_biologics ) ... Biologics and Biosimilars Industry Report 2015" report ... Global Biologics and Biosimilars Industry Report 2015 is ... state of the biologics and biosimilars industry. ... the industry including definitions, classifications, applications and industry ...
(Date:3/4/2015)... PRC Clinical, a full-service, ... Bay Area, will exhibit and present at the ... on March 25th and 26th in Tel Aviv, Israel. ... Israeli life science companies seeking to conduct U.S. Food ... span all phases of human trials, from Phase I ...
(Date:3/4/2015)... March 4, 2015 AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ... company focused on the development and commercialization of ... breakthrough pain, today announced that it will release ... market close on Monday, March 9th, 2015. AcelRx ... 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time (1:30 p.m. Pacific Time) ...
Breaking Biology Technology:USDM Life Sciences Names David Blewitt VP of Cloud Compliance for Regulated Life Sciences 2USDM Life Sciences Names David Blewitt VP of Cloud Compliance for Regulated Life Sciences 3Global Biologics and Biosimilars Industry Report 2015-2020 2PRC Clinical to Present at Inaugural Outsourcing in Clinical Trials Israel Conference 2015 on March 25 and 26th in Tel Aviv 2PRC Clinical to Present at Inaugural Outsourcing in Clinical Trials Israel Conference 2015 on March 25 and 26th in Tel Aviv 3PRC Clinical to Present at Inaugural Outsourcing in Clinical Trials Israel Conference 2015 on March 25 and 26th in Tel Aviv 4AcelRx Pharmaceuticals to Hold Annual 2014 Financial Results Conference Call and Webcast on Monday, March 9th, 2015 2AcelRx Pharmaceuticals to Hold Annual 2014 Financial Results Conference Call and Webcast on Monday, March 9th, 2015 3
Cached News: