Potential for bacteriophages to control Rhodococcus equi infections in foals

This animal science project aims to determine if isolated bacteriophages are effective in killing Rhodococcus equi.

Veterinary lab

Professor Mary Barton is a leader in veterinary microbiology and veterinary public health. Amongst other areas, she has particular interests in Rhodococcus equi which causes “rattles” in foals and in the use of bacteriophages as an alternative to antibiotics.

In this project, bacteriophages will be isolated from horse faeces and from soil samples from horse studs and other environments and tested for their capacity to kill Rhodococcus equi.

The bacteriophages will be characterised by electron microscopy, RFLP and sequencing.

Laboratory work would be carried out at North Terrace, not Roseworthy campus.


  • Professor Mary Barton
  • Co-supervisors: Professor Gordon Howarth | Dr Garry Muscatello - University of Sydney
  • Research area: Pathobiology, infectious disease and public health; Equine health
  • Recommended honours enrolment: Honours in Animal Science
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