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Ecological Correlates of Tuberculosis Incidence in Cattle - SE3002

The study will determine the correlates of TB incidence in cattle by determining the characteristics of `hotspot` areas where the majority of TB outbreaks occur. We shall measure environmental variables (including badger density) along gradients of TB incidence, from the centre of hotspots to surrounding areas where TB incidence in cattle is low. Specifically, we shall 1) refine past analyses to identify a representative sample of 20 areas of high TB incidence, and locate transects running out of these areas; 2) determine whether the local incidence of TB in cattle canbe related to local variation in badger density; 3) determine whether local variation in the incidence of TB in attle is correlated with local topography, microclimate and land use (controlling for vaiation due to badger density if this proves to be corrleted with TB incidencee). This research will complement the experimental approach adopted in response to the Krebs report, and will provide information cruical for the developmentr of future TB poilicy.
1) To quantify the relationship between the local incidence of TB in cattle and the local population density in badgers.

2) To investigate the relationship between the incidence of TB in cattle and habitat characteristics such as topography, habitat type, microclimate and grazing pressure.

3) To use the results of these investigations to generate management recommendations that may be used either by MAFF or by farmers to reduce the incidence of TB among British cattle.
Project Documents
• Final Report : SE3002 Final report   (6104k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1999

To: 2003

Cost: £436,784
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University - Warwick
Animal Health              
Bovine Tuberculosis              
Plants and Animals              
Fields of Study
Animal Health