Special Issue "Alternative Approaches for the Treatment and Control of Endo and Ectoparasites of Farm Animals"
A special issue of Veterinary Sciences (ISSN 2306-7381).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2018)
The control of parasite infections of farm animals is still based mainly on the use of synthetic short- and large-spectrum drugs. However, when used in excess, this strategy imposes a risk to environmental and food safety, due to residues in animal products and in the environment and a selection pressure for parasite resistance. The different alternative approaches can either target parasite populations in the host or on pasture, with the final aim to reduce parasite intensity to levels able to minimize endo and ectoparasite impact on host health, welfare and performance. This aim can be achieved through methods that enhance host immunity, such as nutrition, genetic selection and vaccination, by targeted selective treatment strategies, and by using bioactive forages and natural bioactive treatments. The greatest advantage of natural products with anti-parasite action is that they generally show low toxicity for mammals, fast elimination from the animal and the environment, and low selection pressure for parasite-resistance. Although a large number of reports have shown the great potential of natural active compounds and of alternative strategies for parasite control, these topics still need to be fully explored against farm animal parasites.
This Special Issue “Alternative Approaches for the Treatment and Control of Endo and Ectoparasites of Farm Animals” addresses this need to strengthen the flow and exchange of information among veterinary clinicians of farm animals and parasitologists through publication of a selection of research articles on this topic. It is hoped that this Special Issue will further stimulate collaboration between scientists engaged in the control and treatment of farm animal endo and ectoparasite infections.Prof. Dr. Stefania Perrucci
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