A note on species richness and the variance of epidemic severity

@article{Shaffery2020ANO,
  title={A note on species richness and the variance of epidemic severity},
  author={Peter Shaffery and Bret D. Elderd and Vanja Dukic},
  journal={Journal of Mathematical Biology},
  year={2020},
  volume={80},
  pages={2055-2074}
}
  • Peter Shaffery, Bret D. Elderd, Vanja Dukic
  • Published 2020
  • Mathematics, Biology, Medicine
  • Journal of Mathematical Biology
  • The commonly observed negative correlation between the number of species in an ecological community and disease risk, typically referred to as “the dilution effect”, has received a substantial amount of attention over the past decade. Attempts to test this relationship experimentally have revealed that, in addition to the mean disease risk decreasing with species number, so too does the variance of disease risk. This is referred to as the “variance reduction effect”, and has received relatively… CONTINUE READING

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