Archive: Vertebrates

Tuberculosis in New Zealand – current status and control policies

The epidemiology and control of tuberculosis in New Zealand is discussed. The source of infection for cattle and deer is the wild possum (Trichosurus vulpecula). The number of tuberculin reactors […]

The aetiology and pathogenesis of Johne’s disease

Intracellular iron (Fe) storage and enteropathic changes were studied histologically in the bovine, ovine and caprine intestinal tract. Comparative studies were made on natural or experimental diseases caused by M. […]

Symposium on tuberculosis, Palmerston North, April 1991. Proceedings from a symposium organised by the New Zealand Veterinary Association

Experts from a wide variety of expertise have contributed to this symposium of the feral reservoir of bovine tuberculosis infection and how to deal with the problem. The first 8 […]

Social relationships in a group of horses without a mature stallion

1. The social relationships in a group of Icelandic horses without a mature stallion were studied. The horses were all familiar to each other. Mutual grooming and play relationships, spatial […]

Researching feral horse ecology and behavior: Turning political debate into opportunity

Funding for biological research on feral horse populations is often motivated by political debate. Thus, research may start too late to contribute substantially to decisions about population monitoring and management, […]

Liver function in normal koalas and macropods

Bromosulphothalein (BSP) half-lives were determined in 7 male and 3 female koalas, 2 male and 1 female grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus), one male red kangaroo (M. rufus) and one red-necked […]

Leptospiral infection in common brushtail possums (Trichosurus vulpecula) from lowland podocarp/mixed hardwood forest in New Zealand

A survey of 261 common brushtail possums (Trichosurus vulpecula) from New Zealand lowland podocarp/mixed hardwood forest showed 34% of possums with antibodies to Leptospira interrogans serovar balcanica, 35% with antibodies […]

Intestinal lactase (beta-galactosidase) and other disaccharidase activities of suckling and adult common brushtail possums, Trichosurus vulpecula (Marsupialia:Phalangeridae).

Activity of disaccharidases in the small intestine of 8 sucking Trichosurus vulpecula, 34 to 150 days old, and of 2 adult possums were investigated. Intestinal maltase, isomaltase and sucrase activities […]

Experimental infections with the Tasmanian isolate of Trichinella pseudospiralis using a non-enzymatic recovery technique

Laboratory rats and mice, cats, brushtail possums (Trichosurus vulpecula), and 2 species of raptor (marsh harrier, Circus aeruginosus, and brown falcon, Falco berigora) were either infected orally with larvae of […]

Disturbance in the forests of the Ruahine Range since 1770

The forests of the Ruahine Range, New Zealand, are subject to many and varied destructive forces which may occur at any time but intensify during periods of warmer, windier climate […]