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PNG tribal life holds key to animal disease research

In the Papua New Guinea Highlands, people live in much the same way as they have for centuries. But even in these far reaches, technology is making its first tentative steps into this subsistence way of life.

Villagers have been wooed by the lure of mobile telephones, provided to them by companies which are using traditional lands to build towers to stretch their signals from one end of the country to the other.

The advent of mobile phone technology is as much an anachronism as a soft drink bottle falling from the sky in the wilds of Africa – but it is a technology that may assist in the ongoing fight against the spread of animal pests and diseases.

Townsville-based Dr Robert Hedlefs, a senior veterinarian and researcher from Biosecurity Queensland, is conducting a four-year, $975,000 study into systems to assist Papua New Guinea villagers identify pests and diseases in their animals.

Read more … (Queensland Government)

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