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When environmentally persistent pathogens transform good habitat into ecological traps

Overview of attention for article published in Royal Society Open Science, March 2016
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Title
When environmentally persistent pathogens transform good habitat into ecological traps
Published in
Royal Society Open Science, March 2016
DOI 10.1098/rsos.160051
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Authors

Clinton B. Leach, Colleen T. Webb, Paul C. Cross

Abstract

Habitat quality plays an important role in the dynamics and stability of wildlife metapopulations. However, the benefits of high-quality habitat may be modulated by the presence of an environmentally persistent pathogen. In some cases, the presence of environmental pathogen reservoirs on high-quality habitat may lead to the creation of ecological traps, wherein host individuals preferentially colonize high-quality habitat, but are then exposed to increased infection risk and disease-induced mortality. We explored this possibility through the development of a stochastic patch occupancy model, where we varied the pathogen's virulence, transmission rate and environmental persistence as well as the distribution of habitat quality in the host metapopulation. This model suggests that for pathogens with intermediate levels of spread, high-quality habitat can serve as an ecological trap, and can be detrimental to host persistence relative to low-quality habitat. This inversion of the relative roles of high- and low-quality habitat highlights the importance of considering the interaction between spatial structure and pathogen transmission when managing wildlife populations exposed to an environmentally persistent pathogen.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 2 5%
France 1 3%
Unknown 37 93%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 16 40%
Researcher 8 20%
Student > Master 5 13%
Student > Bachelor 4 10%
Student > Doctoral Student 2 5%
Other 5 13%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 28 70%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 2 5%
Environmental Science 2 5%
Mathematics 1 3%
Linguistics 1 3%
Other 2 5%
Unknown 4 10%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 7. 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 20 December 2017.
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#2,129,610
of 13,252,637 outputs
Outputs from Royal Society Open Science
#1,077
of 2,098 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#55,090
of 265,530 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Royal Society Open Science
#47
of 77 outputs
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