Research

Since its inception in 1988 The Moredun Foundation Equine Grass Sickness Fund has supported research projects which aim to:

  • establish the cause of grass sickness
  • develop a method of prevention
  • facilitate diagnosis
  • improve the treatment of chronic cases
  • investigate relevant aspects of the pathogenesis

The main line of investigation at present is the role of soil borne Clostridium botulinum type C as the cause of grass sickness. If it can be proved that EGS is caused by toxico-infectious botulism this would enable owners to protect their horses from EGS by vaccination in the future.

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EGSF will continue to fund research projects by vets and scientists using the most advanced technology, until the disease can be prevented.