Variation of parasite burden within the European badger (Meles meles): the effect of season, habitat, body condition, gender & age on the prevalence of Eimeria melis and Capillaria

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Variation of parasite burden within the European badger (Meles meles): the effect of season, habitat, body condition, gender & age on the prevalence of Eimeria melis and Capillaria

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dc.contributor.author Cottrell, Elizabeth Rosemarie Anne en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-03-29T13:43:21Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-20T18:42:30Z
dc.date.issued 2011-10-20 en_US
dc.description.abstract 1. Parasites, although naturally occurring can have severe impacts on both an individual host and on the wider population and ecosystem. 2. This study investigates the relationship of parasite burden within the European badger (N=175) with several life history characteristics such as age, condition, gender and co-infection of bovine tuberculosis and with the environmental factors of habitat and season. 3. Using two general linear mixed models results showed significant positive relationships between Eimeria melis burden and age and gender, and between Capillaria spp., age and month of sampling. A significant negative correlation was also observed between Capillaria spp. and badger body condition index. No significant results were found for habitat type or in the further GLMM’s (N=124) run to investigate co-infection of bovine tuberculosis. 4. The opportunity to investigate complex parasite interactions in a wild population of known individuals is rare and a valuable opportunity. Parasite burdens in Meles meles were found to be extremely variable with some exhibiting very high faecal egg/oocyst output. Results suggest that such burdens of gastro-intestinal parasites do have a relationship with life history characteristics and condition and therefore should be taken into account when wildlife disease management protocols or ecological studies are carried out. en_GB
dc.description.sponsorship Food and Environment Research Agency en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/3481 en_US
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher University of Exeter en_GB
dc.subject Badger en_GB
dc.subject Coccidia en_GB
dc.subject Capillaria en_GB
dc.subject Helminth en_GB
dc.subject Eimeria melis en_GB
dc.subject Meles meles en_GB
dc.subject Nematode en_GB
dc.subject Parasite en_GB
dc.title Variation of parasite burden within the European badger (Meles meles): the effect of season, habitat, body condition, gender & age on the prevalence of Eimeria melis and Capillaria en_GB
dc.type Thesis or dissertation en_GB
dc.date.available 2012-03-29T13:43:21Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-03-20T18:42:30Z
dc.contributor.advisor Bearhop, Stuart en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Tomlinson, Alexandra en_US
dc.publisher.department College of Life and Environmental Sciences en_GB
dc.publisher.department Biosciences en_GB
dc.type.degreetitle MbyRes in Biosciences en_GB
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters Degree en_GB
dc.type.qualificationname MbyRes en_GB


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