Disease ecology in natural populations

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Pathogens are part of natural ecosystems. Diseases contribute to the natural regulation of animal populations, similar to the effects of other factors such as resource availability or predation. The access to wildlife models enables us to study natural infections without anthropogenic influences. These studies provide insight into basic aspects of the host-pathogen interaction at individual and population scales. Examples of model pathogens range from the deer nematode Elaphostrongylus cervi, through the mycobacteria community of Doñana National Park, up to waterfowl influenza viruses in the La Mancha wetlands.

 

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