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Plague bacterium as a transformer species in prairie dogs and the grasslands of western North America

Overview of attention for article published in Conservation Biology, March 2015
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  • Good Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (72nd percentile)

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Title
Plague bacterium as a transformer species in prairie dogs and the grasslands of western North America
Published in
Conservation Biology, March 2015
DOI 10.1111/cobi.12498
Pubmed ID
Authors

David A. Eads, Dean E. Biggins

Abstract

Invasive transformer species change the character, condition, form, or nature of ecosystems and deserve considerable attention from conservation scientists. We applied the transformer species concept to the plague bacterium Yersinia pestis in western North America, where the pathogen was introduced around 1900. Y. pestis transforms grassland ecosystems by severely depleting the abundance of prairie dogs (Cynomys spp.) and thereby causing declines in native species abundance and diversity, including threatened and endangered species; altering food web connections; altering the import and export of nutrients; causing a loss of ecosystem resilience to encroaching invasive plants; and modifying prairie dog burrows. Y. pestis poses an important challenge to conservation biologists because it causes trophic-level perturbations that affect the stability of ecosystems. Unfortunately, understanding of the effects of Y. pestis on ecosystems is rudimentary, highlighting an acute need for continued research.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 1 2%
Mexico 1 2%
United States 1 2%
Madagascar 1 2%
Unknown 55 93%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 12 20%
Student > Bachelor 11 19%
Student > Master 8 14%
Other 6 10%
Student > Ph. D. Student 6 10%
Other 7 12%
Unknown 9 15%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 30 51%
Environmental Science 5 8%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 4 7%
Arts and Humanities 2 3%
Medicine and Dentistry 2 3%
Other 4 7%
Unknown 12 20%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 31. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 16 April 2016.
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#1,001,193
of 21,376,549 outputs
Outputs from Conservation Biology
#638
of 3,618 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#14,423
of 241,340 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Conservation Biology
#10
of 33 outputs
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