SAVE the parasites
ibarger at chiswick.anprod.CSIRO.AU
Wed Apr 13 22:39:27 EST 1994
On 13 Apr 94 12:13:24 BST,
<rupp at vax.ox.ac.uk> writes:
>SAVE THE PARASITES!
>Parasites have a very bad public image. Thousands of organisations combat them
>and would be quite happy to drive them to extinction. That's unfair! Why should
>high-ranking values such as Biodiversity, The Right to Existence, Gene Pool and
>Pharmacological Potential be reserved for plants, herbivores and carnivores?
>These are merely other ways to steal energy and building blocks from other life
>Is there any study on endangered parasites? ;-)
Despite the efforts of thousands of parasitologists, remarkably few
parasites appear to have been driven to extinction. Job Security Rules OK!
In the northern part of NSW, Australia, 2 formerly pathogenic nematode
parasites of sheep, Oesophagostomum columbianum and Dictyocaulus filaria
appear to have been eradicated by control programs largely directed against
other species, as well as partial eradication, on a farm-by-farm basis, of
the dreaded Haemonchus contortus, using closantel. See Barger, Hall & Dash
(1991) Australian Veterinary Journal 68:347-348.
CSIRO Division of Animal Health
Pastoral Research Laboratory
Private Mail Bag Phone: +61 67 76 1430
Armidale NSW 2350, Australia Fax: +61 67 76 1333
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