The pathogens under investigation in PARAGONE include worms (helminths) with high economic impact on sheep (Teladorsagia circumcincta, Fasciola hepatica) and cattle (Ostertagia ostertagi, Cooperia oncophora, F. hepatica) farming productivity. These infections are very common in ruminant systems globally.
The project also focuses on parasitic mite infections, including the non-burrowing mite, Psoroptes ovis, which causes debilitating disease and substantial production losses in ruminants. This mite is found worldwide and has only been eradicated from Australia and New Zealand. The final target is the poultry red mite, Dermanyssus gallinae: this ectoparasite has major economic and welfare impacts on the egg industry globally.