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Mark's areas of expertise include preventive veterinary medicine, epidemiology and control of infectious diseases of ruminant livestock, and veterinary public health, both in the UK and internationally, focussing particularly but not exclusively on vector-borne and parasitic disease.
He has conducted research in the field of international animal health, including zoonotic diseases, and held a number of large collaborative grant awards. His main research interests are diagnosis, epidemiology and control of diseases of farmed livestock of economic importance. Three major research themes have included control of neglected zoonotic diseases, integrated control of vector-borne diseases and trypanocidal drug resistance. Earlier research focused on the epidemiology and control of major vector-borne protozoan diseases of livestock, including tropical parasites such as trypanosomiasis and tick-borne diseases.
He is a Board Member and Co-Director of the Food Security and Land Research Alliance among the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter and Rothamsted Research. A particularly important focus for the activity of the Alliance is the Rothamsted Research - North Wyke Farm Platform in Devon, a state of the art research facility for farm scale research on biophysical processes that influence agriculture and the environment, and a key node in the Global Farm Platform network.
Mark also leads the Food Security theme within the Cabot Institute. An major new initiative within this theme is the development of the Global Farm Platform for sustainable ruminant production, which is an international network supported by the Worldwide Universities Network and the Global Innovations Initiative. The Global Farm Platform was created to promote understanding of the role of grazing ruminant livestock production as a key component of global food security in a world challenged by population growth, climate change and ecosystem degradation. The ethos of this work is set out in the position paper 'Steps to Sustainable Livestock' and correspondence 'Intensive farming: When less means more on dairy farms' published recently in Nature.
Interfaces between One Health and Food Security research within and beyond the University of Bristol are shown diagrammatically below.
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Development of a community based intervention for control of metacestode infections in small ruminants in Tanzania
31/03/19 → 31/03/22
Coxiella burnetii abortion in a dairy farm selling artisanal cheese directly to consumers and review of Q fever as a bovine abortifacient in South America and a human milk-borne diseaseRabaza, A., Macías-Rioseco, M., Fraga, M., Uzal, F. A., Eisler, M. C., Riet-Correa, F. & Giannitti, F., Dec 2021, In: Brazilian journal of microbiology : [publication of the Brazilian Society for Microbiology]. 52, 4, p. 2511-2520 10 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Review article (Academic Journal) › peer-review
Key traits for ruminant livestock across diverse production systems in the context of climate change: perspectives from a global platform of research farmsJordana Rivero, M., Eisler, M. C., Takahashi, T., Lee, M. RF. & et al., 8 Jan 2021, In: Reproduction, Fertility and Development. 33, 2, p. 1-19 19 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile4 Citations (Scopus)61 Downloads (Pure)
Livelihood-Environment Tensions, Agro-extractivism and Pastoralism: campesino farmers of the Boyacá páramos: Session: Beyond the Borderlands – exploring sustainable rural futuresBlake, L. J., Chohan, J. K., Escobar-Tello, M. P. & Eisler, M. C., 2 Sep 2021.
Research output: Contribution to conference › Conference Paper › peer-review
Interventions to reduce perishable food waste in low-and-middle-income countries - a systematic literature review protocol
Eisler, M. C. (Creator), University of Bristol, 4 Mar 2021
Unblinding protocol and data from a blinded randomised controlled trial investigating carriage of bovine respiratory pathogens (05-2018)
Data from Appendix B in Carriage of Bacterial Pathogens in the Bovine Upper Respiratory Tract: Effects of Respiratory Virus Vaccination