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Pathogens in space: Advancing understanding of pathogen dynamics and disease ecology through landscape genetics


Kozakiewicz, CP and Burridge, CP and Funk, WC and Vandewoude, S and Craft, ME and Crooks, KR and Ernest, HB and Fountain-Jones, NM and Carver, S, Pathogens in space: Advancing understanding of pathogen dynamics and disease ecology through landscape genetics, Evolutionary Applications, 11, (10) pp. 1763-1778. ISSN 1752-4563 (2018) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1111/eva.12678


Landscape genetics has provided many insights into how heterogeneous landscape features drive processes influencing spatial genetic variation in free-living organisms. This rapidly developing field has focused heavily on vertebrates, and expansion of this scope to the study of infectious diseases holds great potential for landscape geneticists and disease ecologists alike. The potential application of landscape genetics to infectious agents has garnered attention at formative stages in the development of landscape genetics, but systematic examination is lacking. We comprehensively review how landscape genetics is being used to better understand pathogen dynamics. We characterize the field and evaluate the types of questions addressed, approaches used and systems studied. We also review the now established landscape genetic methods and their realized and potential applications to disease ecology. Lastly, we identify emerging frontiers in the landscape genetic study of infectious agents, including recent phylogeographic approaches and frameworks for studying complex multihost and host-vector systems. Our review emphasizes the expanding utility of landscape genetic methods available for elucidating key pathogen dynamics (particularly transmission and spread) and also how landscape genetic studies of pathogens can provide insight into host population dynamics. Through this review, we convey how increasing awareness of the complementarity of landscape genetics and disease ecology among practitioners of each field promises to drive important cross-disciplinary advances.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:disease ecology, infectious disease, landscape epidemiology, landscape genetics, pathogen dynamics
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Genetics
Research Field:Genetics not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
UTAS Author:Kozakiewicz, CP (Mr Christopher Kozakiewicz)
UTAS Author:Burridge, CP (Associate Professor Christopher Burridge)
UTAS Author:Carver, S (Associate Professor Scott Carver)
ID Code:130046
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:26
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2019-01-08
Last Modified:2022-08-29
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