Breeding for ectoparasite resistance is a sustainable alternative to control cattle ticks and buffalo flies due to widespread resistance to drugs and the lack of effective vaccines. Efficient genetic selection requires the availability of biomarker(s) for the accurate identification of cattle resistance to these ectoparasites. Accurate phenotyping can be difficult for ticks and fly numbers are difficult to assess visually. Although breed-specific genes associated with tick resistance have been observed, the mechanisms behind tick resistance have not yet been fully characterised. In addition, there is no host resistance information available for buffalo flies. Therefore, we are applying next-generation technologies to explore the potential biomarker(s) associated with ticks- and buffalo fly resistance in cattle to facilitate genetic selection.

Anthony headshotDr Ali Raza

Dr Ali Raza is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Animal Science, QAAFI, working towards improved animal health and welfare by developing sustainable parasite control strategies. Ali graduated from the University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan, as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine with summa cum laude and was awarded a Gold Medal. He completed his PhD at CSIRO and the University of Queensland in 2017. Ali is using next-generation technologies, including Proteomics and whole-genome sequencing, to determine biomarkers for host resistance to ectoparasites in cattle. Ali works closely with partners from the government, industries as well as national and international universities. Ali has received several prestigious awards

Dr Ali Raza Senior Resrearch Officer, Centre for Animal Science E: a.raza@uq.edu.au

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