Plague and climate: scales matter.

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dc.contributor.author Ben-Ari, Tamara
dc.contributor.author Ben Ari, Tamara
dc.contributor.author Neerinckx, Simon
dc.contributor.author Gage, Kenneth L
dc.contributor.author Kreppel, Katharina
dc.contributor.author Laudisoit, Anne
dc.contributor.author Leirs, Herwig
dc.contributor.author Stenseth, Nils Chr
dc.date.accessioned 2020-01-23T08:59:53Z
dc.date.available 2020-01-23T08:59:53Z
dc.date.issued 2011-09-01
dc.identifier.other 21949648
dc.identifier.uri doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1002160
dc.identifier.uri http://dspace.nm-aist.ac.tz/handle/123456789/534
dc.description Research Articles published by PLoS Pathogens en_US
dc.description.abstract Plague is enzootic in wildlife populations of small mammals in central and eastern Asia, Africa, South and North America, and has been recognized recently as a reemerging threat to humans. Its causative agent Yersinia pestis relies on wild rodent hosts and flea vectors for its maintenance in nature. Climate influences all three components (i.e., bacteria, vectors, and hosts) of the plague system and is a likely factor to explain some of plague's variability from small and regional to large scales. Here, we review effects of climate variables on plague hosts and vectors from individual or population scales to studies on the whole plague system at a large scale. Upscaled versions of small-scale processes are often invoked to explain plague variability in time and space at larger scales, presumably because similar scale-independent mechanisms underlie these relationships. This linearity assumption is discussed in the light of recent research that suggests some of its limitations. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher PLoS Pathogens en_US
dc.subject Research Subject Categories::NATURAL SCIENCES en_US
dc.title Plague and climate: scales matter. en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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