Diversity, decoys and the dilution effect: how ecological communities affect disease risk.

  title={Diversity, decoys and the dilution effect: how ecological communities affect disease risk.},
  author={Pieter T J Johnson and David W. Thieltges},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  volume={213 6},
Growing interest in ecology has recently focused on the hypothesis that community diversity can mediate infection levels and disease ('dilution effect'). In turn, biodiversity loss--a widespread consequence of environmental change--can indirectly promote increases in disease, including those of medical and veterinary importance. While this work has focused primarily on correlational studies involving vector-borne microparasite diseases (e.g. Lyme disease, West Nile virus), we argue that… CONTINUE READING

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