Possible application of a nematophagous fungus as a biological control agent of parasitic nematodes on commercial sheep farms in South Africa

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Biological control of parasitic nematodes of livestock is currently under development and represents another tool that may be integrated into helminth parasite control strategies. This paper presents a brief introduction to commercial sheep farming in South Africa and currently available nematode parasite control methods. These include the FAMACHA® clinical assay, strategies of pasture management, dilution of resistant worm species by introduction of susceptible worms, breed resistant sheep and nutritional supplementation. The purpose of this paper is to outline the principles of biological control using nematophagous fungi and how it may be applied on sheep farms in South Africa.

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Faedo, M., & Krecek, R. C. (2002). Possible application of a nematophagous fungus as a biological control agent of parasitic nematodes on commercial sheep farms in South Africa. Journal of the South African Veterinary Association. AOSIS (pty) Ltd. https://doi.org/10.4102/jsava.v73i1.545

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