Avian malaria: a new lease of life for an old experimental model to study the evolutionary ecology of Plasmodium

  title={Avian malaria: a new lease of life for an old experimental model to study the evolutionary ecology of Plasmodium},
  author={Romain Pigeault and Julien V{\'e}zilier and St{\'e}phane Cornet and Flore Z{\'e}l{\'e} and Antoine Nicot and Philippe Perret and Sylvain Gandon and Ana Rivero},
  journal={Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences},
Avian malaria has historically played an important role as a model in the study of human malaria, being a stimulus for the development of medical parasitology. Avian malaria has recently come back to the research scene as a unique animal model to understand the ecology and evolution of the disease, both in the field and in the laboratory. Avian malaria is highly prevalent in birds and mosquitoes around the world and is amenable to laboratory experimentation at each stage of the parasite's life… 

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