Do parasites matter? Infectious diseases and the conservation of host populations

Prepušt, Irena (2010) Do parasites matter? Infectious diseases and the conservation of host populations. Bachelor's thesis, Faculty of Science > Department of Biology.

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Abstract

Parasites are organisms that live on a cost of another. Their impact on host populations is visible due to epidemics and diseases they cause. They also act as population regulators. Aldo often neglected they play a big role in conservation biology and biodiversity. Sometimes their impact can be positive, causing increase in biodiversity but can also be negative, causing decrease in biodiversity. The affects on host populations can also be positive and negative, depending on numerous factors. Parasites themselves are units of biodiversity , as such their eradication is not the best way for us to be manipulating host populations. It´s important to say that the role that parasites play in regulating host populations (especially endangered species) and biodiversity is not clear, there are many questions yet to be answered. We are also unfamiliar with all consequences of interaction of parasitic disease and other factors of mortality. Considering all these unknowns perhaps conservation practitioners should adopt a noninterventionist strategy for managing disease outbreaks in wildlife populations.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's thesis)
Supervisor: Mrakovčić, Milorad
Date: 2010
Number of Pages: 19
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Biology
Depositing User: Silvana Šehić
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2014 12:23
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2014 12:23
URI: http://digre.pmf.unizg.hr/id/eprint/3403

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