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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408215/prevalence-genetic-diversity-and-potential-clinical-impact-of-blood-borne-and-enteric-protozoan-parasites-in-native-mammals-from-northern-australia
#1
Amanda Barbosa, Andrea Reiss, Bethany Jackson, Kristin Warren, Andrea Paparini, Graeme Gillespie, Danielle Stokeld, Peter Irwin, Una Ryan
A molecular survey was conducted to provide baseline information on the prevalence, genetic diversity and potential clinical impacts of blood-borne and enteric protozoans in native wild mammals from the Northern Territory (NT). A total of 209 blood and 167 faecal samples were collected from four target species; the northern brown bandicoot (Isoodon macrourus), common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula), northern quoll (Dasyurus hallucatus) and brush-tailed rabbit-rat (Conilurus penicillatus). Blood samples were screened by PCR at the 18S rRNA gene for trypanosomes, piroplasms and haemogregarines, with faecal samples tested for Cryptosporidium spp...
April 4, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397980/uterine-remodelling-during-pregnancy-and-pseudopregnancy-in-the-brushtail-possum-trichosurus-vulpecula-phalangeridae
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Melanie K Laird, Hanon McShea, Bronwyn M McAllan, Christopher R Murphy, Michael B Thompson
The formation of a placenta is critical for successful mammalian pregnancy and requires remodelling of the uterine epithelium. In eutherian mammals, remodelling involves specific morphological changes that often correlate with the mode of embryonic attachment. Given the differences between marsupial and eutherian placentae, formation of a marsupial placenta may involve patterns of uterine remodelling that are different from those in eutherians. Here we present a detailed morphological study of the uterus of the brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula; Phalangeridae) throughout pregnancy, using both scanning and transmission electron microscopy, to identify whether uterine changes in marsupials correlate with mode of embryonic attachment as they do in eutherian mammals...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391623/cost-based-optimization-of-the-stopping-threshold-for-local-disease-surveillance-during-progressive-eradication-of-tuberculosis-from-new-zealand-wildlife
#3
A M Gormley, D P Anderson, G Nugent
Bovine tuberculosis (TB) is managed in New Zealand largely via population reduction of the major wildlife disease reservoir of Mycobacterium bovis, the introduced brushtail possum Trichosurus vulpecula. New Zealand aims to eradicate M. bovis infection from its livestock and wildlife within 40 years, as the culmination of progressive regional eradication programmes. Declarations of regional eradication are decided after extensive possum population control and post-control surveillance; hence, we developed a modelling framework, based on eco-epidemiological simulation data, to provide cost-evaluated options for deciding when to make these declarations...
April 8, 2017: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247055/camp-dependent-secretagogues-stimulate-the-nahco3-cotransporter-in-the-villous-epithelium-of-the-brushtail-possum-trichosurus-vulpecula
#4
Pin-Chun Chao, A Grant Butt
In the ileum of the brushtail possum, Trichosurus vulpecula, fluid secretion appears to be driven by electrogenic HCO3(-) secretion. Consistent with this, the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator is expressed in the apical membrane of the ileal epithelial cells and the pancreatic or secretory variant of the NaHCO3 cotransporter in the basolateral membrane. This suggests that in the possum ileum, electrogenic HCO3(-) secretion is driven by basolateral NaHCO3 cotransporter (NBC) activity. To determine if the NBC contributes to HCO3(-) secretion in the possum ileum, intracellular pH (pHi) measurements in isolated villi were used to demonstrate NBC activity in the ileal epithelial cells and investigate the effect of cAMP-dependent secretagogues...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209138/using-whole-genome-sequencing-to-investigate-transmission-in-a-multi-host-system-bovine-tuberculosis-in-new-zealand
#5
Joseph Crispell, Ruth N Zadoks, Simon R Harris, Brent Paterson, Desmond M Collins, Geoffrey W de-Lisle, Paul Livingstone, Mark A Neill, Roman Biek, Samantha J Lycett, Rowland R Kao, Marian Price-Carter
BACKGROUND: Bovine tuberculosis (bTB), caused by Mycobacterium bovis, is an important livestock disease raising public health and economic concerns around the world. In New Zealand, a number of wildlife species are implicated in the spread and persistence of bTB in cattle populations, most notably the brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula). Whole Genome Sequenced (WGS) M. bovis isolates sourced from infected cattle and wildlife across New Zealand were analysed. Bayesian phylogenetic analyses were conducted to estimate the substitution rate of the sampled population and investigate the role of wildlife...
February 16, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173840/morphological-and-molecular-description-of-ixodes-woyliei-n-sp-ixodidae-with-consideration-for-co-extinction-with-its-critically-endangered-marsupial-host
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Amanda Ash, Aileen Elliot, Stephanie Godfrey, Halina Burmej, Mohammad Yazid Abdad, Amy Northover, Adrian Wayne, Keith Morris, Peta Clode, Alan Lymbery, R C Andrew Thompson
BACKGROUND: Taxonomic identification of ticks obtained during a longitudinal survey of the critically endangered marsupial, Bettongia penicillata Gray, 1837 (woylie, brush-tailed bettong) revealed a new species of Ixodes Latrielle, 1795. Here we provide morphological data for the female and nymphal life stages of this novel species (Ixodes woyliei n. sp.), in combination with molecular characterisation using the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1 gene (cox1). In addition, molecular characterisation was conducted on several described Ixodes species and used to provide phylogenetic context...
February 7, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012389/valuing-conservation-benefits-of-disease-control-in-wildlife-a-choice-experiment-approach-to-bovine-tuberculosis-management-in-new-zealand-s-native-forests
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Peter Tait, Caroline Saunders, Graham Nugent, Paul Rutherford
We assess the non-monetary environmental benefits that accrue incidentally in New Zealand (NZ) from pest management conducted primarily to control an animal disease, bovine tuberculosis (TB). TB is an infectious disease that is one of the world's most serious animal health problems and, in many parts of the developing world, still a major mortality risk for humans. The incidence of TB in New Zealand (NZ) farmed livestock has been reduced progressively over the last 20 years, largely due to extensive and sustained population control of the main wildlife reservoir of disease, the introduced brushtail possum...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927910/validation-of-various-parasite-detection-tests-for-use-in-the-australian-marsupials-quenda-isoodon-obesulus-and-brushtail-possums-trichosurus-vulpecula
#8
Alison E Hillman, Amanda L Ash, Amanda R Kristancic, Aileen D Elliot, Alan J Lymbery, Ian D Robertson, R C Andrew Thompson
We aimed to validate the use of 1) the modified agglutination test and a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) protocol in detecting Toxoplasma gondii infection in quenda ( Isoodon obesulus) and brushtail possums ( Trichosurus vulpecula); 2) immunofluorescence microscopy of feces and a PCR and sequencing protocol in detecting Giardia spp. infection in quenda; and 3) a fecal flotation protocol in detecting gastrointestinal helminth infections of quenda. Quenda and brushtail possum carcasses, and samples from trapped quenda, were tested with 2 parasite detection tests per parasite, and results were modeled using Bayesian latent class analysis to estimate test sensitivity and specificity...
January 2017: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893793/field-trial-of-an-aerially-distributed-tuberculosis-vaccine-in-a-low-density-wildlife-population-of-brushtail-possums-trichosurus-vulpecula
#9
Graham Nugent, Ivor J Yockney, E Jackie Whitford, Martin L Cross, Frank E Aldwell, Bryce M Buddle
Oral-delivery Mycobacterium bovis bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine in a lipid matrix has been shown to confer protection against M. bovis infection and reduce the severity of tuberculosis (TB) when fed to brushtail possums (Trichosurus vulpecula), the major wildlife vector of bovine TB in New Zealand. Here we demonstrate the feasibility of aerial delivery of this live vaccine in bait form to an M. bovis-infected wild possum population, and subsequently assess vaccine uptake and field efficacy. Pre-trial studies indicated a resident possum population at very low density (<0...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27473982/sex-difference-in-the-survival-rate-of-wild-brushtail-possums-trichosurus-vulpecula-experimentally-challenged-with-bovine-tuberculosis
#10
Carlos Rouco, Kyle S Richardson, Bryce M Buddle, Nigel P French, Daniel M Tompkins
The main wildlife reservoir of bovine tuberculosis (TB) in New Zealand is the introduced brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula), with spillover of infection from possums to livestock being regarded as the largest barrier to eradicating TB from the country. Past studies have experimentally challenged possums with Mycobacterium bovis (the causative agent of TB) to quantify infection parameters. However, the challenge models used are invariably non-representative of natural infection due to their resulting in much faster rates, and different clinical patterns of disease progression...
August 2016: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27341209/refining-operational-practice-for-controlling-introduced-european-rabbits-on-agricultural-lands-in-new-zealand
#11
A David M Latham, M Cecilia Latham, Graham Nugent, James Smith, Bruce Warburton
European rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) pose a major threat to agricultural production and conservation values in several countries. In New Zealand, population control via poisoning is a frontline method for limiting rabbit damage, with large areas commonly treated using the metabolic toxin sodium fluoroacetate ('1080') delivered in bait via aerial dispersal. However, this method is expensive and the high application rates of the active ingredient cause public antipathy towards it. To guide reductions in cost and toxin usage, we evaluated the economics and efficacy of rabbit control using an experimental approach of sowing 1080-bait in strips instead of the commonly-used broadcast sowing method (i...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27256074/the-use-of-polyethylene-glycol-in-mammalian-herbivore-diet-studies-what-are-we-measuring
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Hannah R Windley, Hannah J Wigley, Wendy A Ruscoe, William J Foley, Karen J Marsh
Polyethylene glycol (PEG) has been used to study the intake and digestion of tannin-rich plants by mammalian herbivores because it preferentially binds to tannins. However, it is not clear whether the responses of herbivores to dietary PEG is due to increased protein availability from the release of tannin-bound protein, amelioration of tannin effects, or whether PEG also may bind to other compounds and change their activity in the gut. We used three native New Zealand tree species to measure the effect of PEG on the amount of foliage eaten by invasive common brushtail possums (Trichosurus vulpecula) and on in vitro digestible nitrogen (available N)...
June 2016: Journal of Chemical Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27171381/foliar-nutritional-quality-explains-patchy-browsing-damage-caused-by-an-invasive-mammal
#13
Hannah R Windley, Mandy C Barron, E Penelope Holland, Danswell Starrs, Wendy A Ruscoe, William J Foley
Introduced herbivores frequently inflict significant, yet patchy damage on native ecosystems through selective browsing. However, there are few instances where the underlying cause of this patchy damage has been revealed. We aimed to determine if the nutritional quality of foliage could predict the browsing preferences of an invasive mammalian herbivore, the common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula), in a temperate forest in New Zealand. We quantified the spatial and temporal variation in four key aspects of the foliar chemistry (total nitrogen, available nitrogen, in vitro dry matter digestibility and tannin effect) of 275 trees representing five native tree species...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27104611/incorporating-field-studies-into-species-distribution-and-climate-change-modelling-a-case-study-of-the-koomal-trichosurus-vulpecula-hypoleucus-phalangeridae
#14
Shaun W Molloy, Robert A Davis, Eddie J B van Etten
Species distribution models (SDMs) are an effective way of predicting the potential distribution of species and their response to environmental change. Most SDMs apply presence data to a relatively generic set of predictive variables such as climate. However, this weakens the modelling process by overlooking the responses to more cryptic predictive variables. In this paper we demonstrate a means by which data gathered from an intensive animal trapping study can be used to enhance SDMs by combining field data with bioclimatic modelling techniques to determine the future potential distribution for the koomal (Trichosurus vulpecula hypoleucus)...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27066221/species-and-site-specific-impacts-of-an-invasive-herbivore-on-tree-survival-in-mixed-forests
#15
E Penelope Holland, Andrew M Gormley, Roger P Pech
Invasive herbivores are often managed to limit their negative impact on plant populations, but herbivore density - plant damage relationships are notoriously spatially and temporally variable. Site and species characteristics (both plant and herbivore) must be considered when assessing the potential for herbivore damage, making it difficult to set thresholds for efficient management. Using the invasive brushtail possum Trichosurus vulpecula in New Zealand as a case study, we parameterized a generic model to predict annual probability of browse-induced mortality of five tree species at 12 sites...
April 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27032293/concurrent-progressive-ratio-and-fixed-ratio-schedule-performance-under-geometric-and-arithmetic-progressions-by-brushtail-possums
#16
Kristie E Cameron, Katrina H Clarke, Lewis A Bizo, Nicola J Starkey
The aim of this study was to compare the demand for food under concurrent progressive- and fixed-ratio schedules. Twelve brushtail possums participated in 16 conditions where schedule, progression and food type were varied. An incrementing schedule increased the fixed-ratio requirement within and across sessions and was arranged as either a geometric sequence (base 2), or an arithmetic sequence (step 5). Two foods were tested: a flaked barley and coco-pop(®) mix versus rolled oats. Overall, performance was similar for most possums in the within- and across-session incrementing schedules...
May 2016: Behavioural Processes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26974180/demonstration-of-the-scalar-property-of-timing-with-possums-trichosurus-vulpecula
#17
Rebecca J Sargisson, Rachael A Lockhart, James S McEwan, Lewis A Bizo
Many diverse species have demonstrated interval timing, the ability to respond appropriately to time in the range of seconds to minutes, suggesting that an ability to time is adaptive. The peak procedure is a common method of studying interval time perception. In the peak procedure, animals experience a mix of fixed-interval (FI) and extinction (EXT) trials. On EXT trials, responding typically increases to a peak at the time the FI schedule would normally deliver reinforcers before decreasing. Responding on different FI schedules within the peak procedure has been found to conform to Weber's law, whereby response variability is proportional to the length of the fixed interval...
May 2016: Journal of Comparative Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26874014/the-aetiology-of-wobbly-possum-disease-reproduction-of-the-disease-with-purified-nidovirus
#18
Julia Giles, Matthew Perrott, Wendi Roe, Magdalena Dunowska
The objective of this study was to investigate a role of a recently discovered marsupial nidovirus in the development of a neurological disease, termed wobbly possum disease (WPD), in the Australian brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula). Four possums received 1 mL of a standard inoculum that had been prepared from tissues of WPD-affected possums, 4 possums received 1.8 mL (1 × 10(6) TCID50) of a cell lysate from inoculated cultures, and 4 possums received 1 mL (× 10(7) TCID50) of a purified WPD isolate...
April 2016: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26853520/movements-and-habitat-preferences-of-pests-help-to-improve-population-control-the-case-of-common-brushtail-possums-in-a-new-zealand-dryland-ecosystem
#19
Carlos Rouco, Grant L Norbury, Dean P Anderson
BACKGROUND: Introduced brushtail possums are controlled in New Zealand to mitigate their spread of bovine tuberculosis in livestock. Given the low rainfall and extreme variation in seasonal temperatures in dryland areas of the South Island, the habitats of possums in these areas differ in many respects from those in the rest of New Zealand. We investigated the movements and habitat preferences of possums at two dryland sites to identify where they aggregate following population control by using GPS collars and cards chewed by possums...
February 2017: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26795464/a-modelling-framework-for-predicting-the-optimal-balance-between-control-and-surveillance-effort-in-the-local-eradication-of-tuberculosis-in-new-zealand-wildlife
#20
Andrew M Gormley, E Penelope Holland, Mandy C Barron, Dean P Anderson, Graham Nugent
Bovine tuberculosis (TB) impacts livestock farming in New Zealand, where the introduced marsupial brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) is the wildlife maintenance host for Mycobacterium bovis. New Zealand has implemented a campaign to control TB using a co-ordinated programme of livestock diagnostic testing and large-scale culling of possums, with the long-term aim of TB eradication. For management of the disease in wildlife, methods that can optimise the balance between control and surveillance effort will facilitate the objective of eradication on a fixed or limited budget...
March 1, 2016: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
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