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The emerging risk of tick-borne zoonoses under the influence of changing climate and deer populations in the UK - SE4105

Description
Ticks are the most significant vectors of human and livestock diseases in the UK. Many reports suggest that ticks have become more abundant recently, coinciding with increasing densities of deer. We shall define how the UK tick fauna has changed and may change in the future under the influence of changing environmental factors, including climate, land-use and host (deer) availability, taking the following progressive steps: i) Statistical modelling to create predictive risk maps for resident tick species and potential invaders from Europe. ii) Retrospective analysis of the precise factors thus identified as being critically limiting, to assess whether they have actually changed appropriately. iii) Biological modelling to investigate the relative impact of abiotic and biotic factors on tick distribution, abundance and seasonal patterns of activity. Only when we know where and how tick populations are changing, and have identified the driving factors, can appropriate control strategies be designed.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : The emerging risk of tick-borne zoonoses under the influence of changing climate and deer populations in the UK   (13373k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2004

To: 2008

Cost: £200,565
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University - Oxford
Keywords
Animal Diseases              
Animal Health              
Plants and Animals              
Vector-Borne Viral Diseases              
Fields of Study
Animal Health