Possible chinks in the crocodile armour: Defining skin microflora
Crocodiles are iconic Australian animals. They are also the source of fine, hard wearing leather prized by the world’s leading fashion houses. The commercial crocodile...
Published: 1 Feb 2000
Author(s): Manolis, S. Charlie, et al
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This project, like the Australian research carried out on crocodilian egg incubation, takes a largely unknown field of critical commercial significance, and attempts to develop a sound understanding of the processes involved in skin development, that can be applied to existing problems. In many conventional animal industries (e.g. beef, pork, chicken), the emphasis is on increased size (for meat). This project directs research at the key marketable product of crocodile farming (the skin), rather than at what is essentially a by-product (meat/size) of the industry.