Impact summaryPsittacine beak and feather disease (PBFD) is a chronic and ultimately fatal disease in Parrots, including critically endangered and threatened bird species. It is caused by the beak and feather disease virus (BFDV). The last remaining populations of orange-bellied parrots are hampered by PBFD, which is considered a key threatening process to at least 16 endangered and vulnerable bird species in Australia.
In 2016, a research team solved the structure of the virus at high resolution using the Australian synchrotron, confirming that recombinant production of the capsid protein from the virus is amenable to vaccine development. The vaccine development has been funded by the Australian Government Threatened Species Recovery Fund.
|Impact date||2013 → 2019|
|Category of impact||Environmental Impact|
- beak and feather disease
- threatened species
Countries where impact occurred
Tracking of viral evolution during an outbreak of emerging beak and feather disease virus (BFDV) infection in the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot (Neophema chrysogaster)
Research output: Other contribution to conference › Presentation only › peer-review
Structural perspectives of beak and feather disease virus and porcine circovirus proteins
Research output: Contribution to journal › Review article › peer-review
Vaccination for PBFD: Developments and pleasant surprises
Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paper › Conference paper › peer-review
Repeat spillover of beak and feather disease virus into an endangered parrot highlights the risk associated with endemic pathogen loss in endangered species
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review