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Disease EcologyCommunity structure and pathogen dynamics$
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Sharon K. Collinge and Chris Ray

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780198567080

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198567080.001.0001

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Disease dynamics in plant communities

Disease dynamics in plant communities

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(p.58) chapter 5 Disease dynamics in plant communities
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Disease Ecology
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Charles E. Mitchell

Allson G. Power

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198567080.003.0005

The prevalence of human pathogens may be determined in part by microbial interactions within vectors. Ticks represent the primary source of vector-borne infections disease in the United States and carry more human pathogens than any other arthropod. This chapter explores the use of molecular genetic methods to examine microbial community structure in several common tick species to test the direction and strength of microbial interactions. Microbial interactions are explored via epidemiological models to see whether they affect pathogen prevalence and disease incidence. The results are generally applicable to a wide range of arthropod vectors of disease such as mosquitoes,fleas, and lice, and provide a better understanding of how microbial community ecology affects disease dynamics.

Keywords:   lice, fleas, mosquitoes, vectors, molecular genetics, microbes, community structure, interactions, epidemiological models

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