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Big dung beetles dig deeper: trait-based consequences for faecal parasite transmission

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Autor(es):
Gregory, Nichar [1] ; Gomez, Andres [2] ; Oliveira, Tricia Maria F. de S. [3] ; Nichols, Elizabeth [4, 5, 6]
Número total de Autores: 4
Afiliação do(s) autor(es):
[1] Columbia Univ, Dept Ecol Evolut & Environm Biol, New York, NY - USA
[2] ICF Int, Washington, DC 20006 - USA
[3] Univ Sao Paulo, Fac Anim Sci & Food Engn, Dept Vet Med, Pirassununga - Brazil
[4] Univ Lancaster, Lancaster Environm Ctr, Lancaster - England
[5] Univ Sao Paulo, Dept Ecol, Sao Paulo, SP - Brazil
[6] Swarthmore Coll, Swarthmore, PA 19081 - USA
Número total de Afiliações: 6
Tipo de documento: Artigo Científico
Fonte: International Journal for Parasitology; v. 45, n. 2-3, p. 101-105, FEB 2015.
Citações Web of Science: 17
Resumo

Observational evidence suggests that burial of faeces by dung beetles negatively influences the transmission of directly transmitted gastrointestinal helminths. However, the mechanistic basis for these interactions is poorly characterised, limiting our ability to understand relationships between beetle community composition and helminth transmission. We demonstrate that beetle body size and sex significantly impact tunnel depth, a key variable affecting parasite survival. Additionally, high parasite loads reduce the depth of beetle faeces burial, suggesting that the local prevalence of parasites infecting beetles may impact beetle ecosystem function. Our study represents a first step towards a mechanistic understanding of a potentially epidemiologically relevant ecosystem function. (C) 2014 Australian Society for Parasitology Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. (AU)

Processo FAPESP: 13/23457-6 - Projeto interface: relações entre estrutura da paisagem, processos ecológicos, biodiversidade e serviços ecossistêmicos
Beneficiário:Jean Paul Walter Metzger
Linha de fomento: Auxílio à Pesquisa - Programa BIOTA - Temático