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Tasmanian devil facial tumour disease: lessons for conservation biology


McCallum, HI, Tasmanian devil facial tumour disease: lessons for conservation biology, Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 23, (11) pp. 631-637. ISSN 0169-5347 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.tree.2008.07.001


Tasmanian devil facial tumour disease is an infectious cancer that threatens the largest surviving marsupial carnivore with extinction. After emerging in 1996, it has spread across most of the range of the species, leading to a population decline of more than 60%. This bizarre disease, in which the cancer cells themselves are the infective agent, illustrates some important general principles about disease and conservation biology, including the threat posed by loss of genetic diversity and the potential of pathogens with frequency-dependent transmission to cause extinction.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental Science and Management
Research Field:Conservation and Biodiversity
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Objective Field:Forest and Woodlands Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
UTAS Author:McCallum, HI (Professor Hamish McCallum)
ID Code:53067
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:89
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2008-10-24
Last Modified:2013-02-26

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