Host-parasite biology in the real world : the field voles of Kielder

Turner, AK, Beldomenico, PM, Bown, K ORCID:, Burthe, SJ, Jackson, JA ORCID:, Lambin, X and Begon, M 2014, 'Host-parasite biology in the real world : the field voles of Kielder' , Parasitology, 141 (8) , pp. 997-1017.

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Research on the interactions between the field voles (Microtus agrestis) of Kielder Forest and their natural parasites dates back to the 1930s. These early studies were primarily concerned with understanding how parasites shape the characteristic cyclic population dynamics of their hosts. However, since the early 2000s, research on the Kielder field voles has expanded considerably and the system has now been utilized for the study of host-parasite biology across many levels, including genetics, evolutionary ecology, immunology and epidemiology. The Kielder field voles therefore represent one of the most intensely and broadly studied natural host-parasite systems, bridging theoretical and empirical approaches to better understand the biology of infectious disease in the real world. This article synthesizes the body of work published on this system and summarizes some important insights and general messages provided by the integrated and multidisciplinary study of host-parasite interactions in the natural environment.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Environment and Life Sciences > Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Parasitology
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0031-1820
Funders: Wellcome Trust, Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
Depositing User: K Bown
Date Deposited: 14 May 2015 11:42
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 19:05

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