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Wildlife Disease Ecology: Linking Theory to Data and Application

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Publication date1/11/2019
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages655
ISBN (Electronic)9781316479964
ISBN (Print)9781316501900
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Publication series

NameEcological Reviews
PublisherCambridge University Press


Just like humans, animals and plants suffer from infectious diseases, which can critically threaten biodiversity. This book describes key studies that have driven our understanding of the ecology and evolution of wildlife diseases. Each chapter introduces the host and disease, and explains how that system has aided our general understanding of the evolution and spread of wildlife diseases, through the development and testing of important epidemiological and evolutionary theories.
Questions addressed include: How do hosts and parasites co-evolve? What determines how fast a disease spreads through a population? How do co-infecting parasites interact? Why do hosts vary in parasite burden? Which factors determine parasite virulence and host resistance? How do parasites influence the spread of invasive species? How do we best control infectious diseases in wildlife?
This book will provide a valuable introduction to students new to the topic, and novel insights to professionals working in the field and policymakers.