WILD HEALTH: How does environmental biodiversity affect wildlife health? (Watts)


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Funder's project number: 329334


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  • 138 287,00


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Project start date: 01/05/2019

Project end date: 28/02/2022


Summary

Biodiversity has a multifunctional role in maintaining ecosystem services. Biodiversity has been hypothesized to positively impact human health via a co-association with the host’s microbiome but it is unknown whether it confers comparable benefits to wildlife. We will test the biodiversity hypothesis in bank voles and moose inhabiting forests that experience contrasting human impacts and biodiversity by combining molecular biology, bioinformatics, community ecology, and field experiments. We quantify whether environmental disturbance reflects to biodiversity, host microbiome (dysbiosis), and animal health. Given the (1) the ongoing global biodiversity crisis, (2) strong associating between host’s microbiome and health and (3) lack of studies in wildlife, our results are of high scientific and societal impact. Our results are applicable as tools for national and international policy makers regulating the sustainable use of natural resources, and for predicting zoonotic risk to humans.


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