Moredun scientisits recently set researchers at the School of Textiles & Design a particularly tricky challenge: how to develop a ‘bovine bum bag’ to ensure the hygienic collection of faeces from livestock.
Faecal collection is routinely carried out by research scientists to collect parasitic organisms as a first step in the development of new vaccines and medicines.
No commercial products are available for this, so currently scientists use harnesses and bags which were developed in-house at the Moredun Research Institute (MRI), many decades ago, using materials that aren’t really up to the job.
There are several issues with the current system including:
Researchers at Heriot-Watt University’s School of Textiles and Design in the Scottish Borders will now design, prototype and evaluate a new system for faeces collection. The new system will have: