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Principles and mechanisms of wildlife population persistence in the face of disease

October 15, 2020

Emerging infectious diseases can result in species declines and hamper recovery efforts for at-risk populations. Generalizing considerations for reducing the risk of pathogen introduction and mitigating the effects of disease remains challenging and inhibits our ability to provide guidance for species recovery planning. Given the growing rates of emerging pathogens globally, we identify key principles and mechanisms for maintaining sustainable populations in the face of emerging diseases (including minimizing the risk of pathogen introductions and their future effects on hosts). Our synthesis serves as a reference for minimizing the risk of future disease outbreaks, mitigating the deleterious effects of future disease outbreaks on species extinction risk, and a review of the theoretical and/or empirical examples supporting these considerations.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2020
Title Principles and mechanisms of wildlife population persistence in the face of disease
DOI 10.3389/fevo.2020.569016
Authors Robin E. Russell, Graziella Vittoria Direnzo, J. Szymanski, Katrina Elizabeth Alger, Evan H. Campbell Grant
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Frontiers in Ecology and Environment
Series Number
Index ID 70215434
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization National Wildlife Health Center

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