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Disease Ecology: Community structure and pathogen dynamics

Sharon K. Collinge and Chris Ray

Abstract

Many infectious diseases of recent concern, including malaria, cholera, plague, and Lyme disease, have emerged from complex ecological communities involving multiple hosts and their associated parasites. Several of these diseases appear to be influenced by human impacts on the environment, for example intensive agriculture, clear-cut forestry, and habitat loss, and fragmentation. Such environmental impacts may affect many species at trophic levels below or above the host community. Thus, the prevalence of both human and wildlife diseases may alter in unanticipated ways as a result of changes i ... More

Keywords: pathogen, parasite, disease, community ecology, interactions, diversity, stochastic, environmental impacts, reservoir, host

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780198567080
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198567080.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sharon K. Collinge, editor
Associate Professor, University of Colorado, USA

Chris Ray, editor
Research Associate, University of Colorado, USA

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