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Parasites, emerging disease and wildlife conservation

Thompson, R.C.A., Lymbery, A.J.ORCID: 0000-0002-0542-3446 and Smith, A. (2010) Parasites, emerging disease and wildlife conservation. International Journal for Parasitology, 40 (10). pp. 1163-1170.

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In this review some emerging issues of parasite infections in wildlife, particularly in Australia, are considered. We discuss the importance of understanding parasite biodiversity in wildlife in terms of conservation, the role of wildlife as reservoirs of parasite infection, and the role of parasites within the broader context of the ecosystem. Using a number of parasite species, the value of undertaking longitudinal surveillance in natural systems using non-invasive sampling and molecular tools to characterise infectious agents is illustrated in terms of wildlife health, parasite biodiversity and ecology.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Publisher: Elsevier BV
Copyright: © 2010 Australian Society for Parasitology
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