Supports Ragwort Research Funds Appeal
ILPH has donated £8,000 of funding towards an 'early warning'
blood test for horses that may be ingesting the poisonous weed,
Dr Derek Knottenbelt and his team at Liverpool University's Equine
Science Division have, over the past 5 years, been developing a
simple blood test to detect the presence of ragwort toxins in a
horse's blood, but it looked that his work may falter due to lack
Says ILPH Chief Executive John Smales, "We could not let all
the good work that Derek and his team have done over the last five
years go to waste because of lack of funds to finish their project.
Anything that can be done to stop horses dying unnecessarily from
ragwort poisoning is to be applauded."
Comments Derek Knottenbelt, "The ILPH funding has been an absolute
lifesaver to be honest, no question about it. It has given impetus
to the whole project and encouraged me to drive forward again. I
am now optimistic that we will achieve our objective within the
Donations can be made by sending a cheque, payable to the University
of Liverpool (Ragwort) to Dr D Knottenbelt, University of Liverpool,
Leahurst, Neston, Wirral CH64 7TE.