Specialist predators, generalist predators, and the microtine rodent cycle.
SMALL‐RODENT DYNAMICS AND PREDATION
The predation hypothesis is reviewed and it is considered it unlikely that the phenotypic and genotypic composition of pop- ulations would be instrumental for generating the broad patterns in rodent oscillations, which may have some population-dynamic consequences.
Hantavirus infections in Europe.
Hantavirus infections in Europe and their impact on public health
- A. Vaheri, H. Henttonen, L. Voutilainen, J. Mustonen, T. Sironen, O. Vapalahti
- Medicine, BiologyReviews in Medical Virology
- 1 January 2013
It is concluded that hantaviruses have a significant impact on public health in Europe and no vaccine or specific therapy is in general use in Europe.
Uncovering the mysteries of hantavirus infections
The basic molecular properties and cell biology of hantaviruses are discussed and an overview of virus-induced pathology, in particular vascular leakage and immunopathology is offered.
Gradients in density variations of small rodents: the importance of latitude and snow cover
The gradients observed and differences between continents are interpreted as due to microtine-vegetation interactions in northern European areas poor in generalist predators but with important small mustelid predation, and to similar snowshoe hare-ve getters in mainly Canada-Alaska, where small rodents may serve as alternative prey for numerically fluctuating hare predators, at least in the forests.
Population oscillations of boreal rodents: regulation by mustelid predators leads to chaos
The results suggest that the multiannual oscillations of rodent populations in Fennoscandia are due to delayed density dependence imposed by mustelid predators, and are chaotic.
Predation on competing rodent species : a simple explanation of complex patterns
We extend a predator-prey model previously parameterized for voles and weasels to two prey species, a 'Microtus' (field vole) type which is competitively superior to but more vulnerable to predation…
How much do weasels shape microtine cycles in the northern Fennoscandian taiga
Prolonged survival of Puumala hantavirus outside the host: evidence for indirect transmission via the environment.
It is demonstrated that hantavirus transmission does not require direct contact between rodents, or between rodents and humans, and that the indirect transmission of PUUV through contaminated environment takes place among the rodents for a prolonged period of time.