The hitchhiker's guide to avian malaria

Wood, Matthew J ORCID: 0000-0003-0920-8396 and Cosgrove, Catherine L (2006) The hitchhiker's guide to avian malaria. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 21 (1). pp. 5-7. doi:10.1016/j.tree.2005.11.001

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The ecological mechanisms underlying the dispersal of parasites are poorly understood, which is of particular concern in view of currently emerging infectious diseases. In a new study, Pérez-Tris and Bensch examined the distribution and prevalence of avian malaria in a migratory bird across Western Europe. They concluded that repeated independent evolution of year-round transmission has enabled some avian malaria lineages to become more widespread, and more prevalent, than lineages that are transmitted only during the summer. This study blurs the boundaries of evolutionary ecology, epidemiology and macroecology with great potential for cross-disciplinary research.

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Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
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Q Science > QR Microbiology
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Place, Environment and Community
Depositing User: Matt Wood
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2014 14:39
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 08:59

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