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Parasites as conservation tools


Gagne, RB and Crooks, KR and Craft, ME and Chiu, ES and Fountain-Jones, NM and Malmberg, JL and Carver, S and Funk, WC and VandeWoude, S, Parasites as conservation tools, Conservation Biology, 36, (1) pp. e13719. ISSN 0888-8892 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2021 Society for Conservation Biology

DOI: doi:10.1111/cobi.13719


Parasite success typically depends on a close relationship with one or more hosts; therefore, attributes of parasitic infection have the potential to provide indirect details of host natural history and are biologically relevant to animal conservation. Characterization of parasite infections has been useful in delineating host populations and has served as a proxy for assessment of environmental quality. In other cases, the utility of parasites is just being explored, for example, as indicators of host connectivity. Innovative studies of parasite biology can provide information to manage major conservation threats by using parasite assemblage, prevalence, or genetic data to provide insights into the host. Overexploitation, habitat loss and fragmentation, invasive species, and climate change are major threats to animal conservation, and all of these can be informed by parasites.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:animal conservation, climate change, habitat loss, invasive species, overexploitation, parasite conservation, pathogens, epidemiology
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Veterinary sciences
Research Field:Veterinary parasitology
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Control of pests, diseases and exotic species in terrestrial environments
UTAS Author:Fountain-Jones, NM (Dr Nicholas Fountain-Jones)
UTAS Author:Carver, S (Associate Professor Scott Carver)
ID Code:149669
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:13
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2022-04-05
Last Modified:2022-05-13

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