Environmental effects on complex parasite interactions: implications for disease epidemiology and prevention

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Funder's project number: 310632

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  • 531 207,00

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Project start date: 01/09/2017

Project end date: 31/08/2021


Infections of host by multiple parasite species/genotypes have a key role in evolution of parasite virulence (harm to the host), transmission strategies and host ability to respond. This project will explore how co-infections of completely unrelated parasites are shaped by different conditions of environmental variation at within-host, among-host and host-external levels by using a combination of ecological and genetic methods. Specific questions will look into effects of factors such as temporal variation in host exposure, natural and human-induced genetic variation of hosts, and chemical and physical changes in the environment surrounding the host-parasite interaction. The project will present novel results for basic research on evolutionary ecology of multiple parasite infections, and has applied implications for management of key disease-issues in aquaculture.

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