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Parasitology expert addresses UK-Uzbek climate change Round Table

11 March 2014

Cabot Institute member Dr Eric Morgan from the School of Veterinary Sciences attended a UK-Uzbek Round Table in Tashkent last week to present a report on the effects of climate change on parasite transmission in livestock.

The event was organised by the British Embassy in Tashkent in co-operation with the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan and the Science and Innovation Section of the British Embassy in Moscow. British and Uzbek scholars gathered to discuss the link between climate change and the spread of parasite infections among wild and domestic animals.

The panel noted that in all regions of the world, parasite infections are the most significant production-limiting diseases in livestock. Furthermore, climate change is improving conditions for disease transmission, while increasing the unpredictability of disease. The participants also considered which tools would best equip livestock farmers to deal with changing parasite threats, and what effect good livestock management could have on the spread of disease.

During his stay in Tashkent, Dr Morgan also delivered a lecture on veterinary parasitology to biology students at the National University of Uzbekistan, and visited the Centre for High Technologies, whose role is to provide high-quality applied scientific research and innovation practice.

Read the full story on the UK government website.

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