Mare Reproductive Loss SyndromeBy Kentucky Equine Research Staff · February 8, 2010
Although mare reproductive loss syndrome has not been a problem in recent years, researchers continue work to pinpoint the exact cause and devise protective management steps.
Bruce Webb, an entomologist at the University of Kentucky, has enlisted the help of local middle and high school students. In a yearlong project, the students will learn about MRLS, Eastern tent caterpillars, and the wild cherry trees that are their preferred food. They will then locate cherry trees and examine them to document the presence and number of caterpillar egg clusters.
The project introduces students to hands-on science, and may be helpful in projecting population trends for the caterpillars.