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Article << Previous     |     Next >>   Contents Vol 33(8)

Application of pharmaceutical drug delivery for biological control of the common brushtail possum in New Zealand: a review

A. McDowell A C, B. J. McLeod B, T. Rades A, I. G. Tucker A

A School of Pharmacy, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.
B AgResearch Invermay, Private Bag 50034, Mosgiel, New Zealand.
C Corresponding author. Email: arlene.mcdowell@stonebow.otago.ac.nz
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The common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) is the most significant vertebrate pest in New Zealand, being a major ecological threat to the indigenous biodiversity and an economic threat as a vector for bovine tuberculosis. Novel and effective strategies to reduce the population of T. vulpecula are needed urgently. Several biocontrol agents are currently being assessed and from research to date it is likely that the biocontrol agents will be peptide or protein molecules. It is not possible to administer such biocontrol agents alone because they would be degraded rapidly in the animal, especially if delivered orally. Technologies used in the pharmaceutical industry to design efficacious drug-delivery systems for humans and animals can be applied to the design of delivery systems for biocontrol agents used in wildlife management, although there are some unique challenges that must be overcome.

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