Does terrestrial epidemiology apply to marine systems?

McCallum, HI, Kuris, A, Harvell, CD, Lafferty, KD, Smith, GW and Porter, J (2004) Does terrestrial epidemiology apply to marine systems?. Trends In Ecology & Evolution, 19 11: 585-591. doi:10.1016/j.tree.2004.08.009

Author McCallum, HI
Kuris, A
Harvell, CD
Lafferty, KD
Smith, GW
Porter, J
Title Does terrestrial epidemiology apply to marine systems?
Journal name Trends In Ecology & Evolution   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0169-5347
Publication date 2004-01-01
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1016/j.tree.2004.08.009
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 19
Issue 11
Start page 585
End page 591
Total pages 7
Editor A.M Sugden
C. MacCallum
H. Carroll
Place of publication UK
Publisher Elsevier Ltd
Language eng
Subject C1
270702 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology)
770303 Control of pests and exotic species
Abstract Most of epidemiological theory has been developed for terrestrial systems, but the significance of disease in the ocean is now being recognized. However, the extent to which terrestrial epidemiology can be directly transferred to marine systems is uncertain. Many broad types of disease-causing organism occur both on land and in the sea, and it is clear that some emergent disease problems in marine environments are caused by pathogens moving from terrestrial to marine systems. However, marine systems are qualitatively different from terrestrial environments, and these differences affect the application of modelling and management approaches that have been developed for terrestrial systems. Phyla and body plans are more diverse in marine environments and marine organisms have different life histories and probably different disease transmission modes than many of their terrestrial counterparts. Marine populations are typically more open than terrestrial ones, with the potential for long-distance dispersal of larvae. Potentially, this might enable unusually rapid propagation of epidemics in marine systems, and there are several examples of this. Taken together, these differences will require the development of new approaches to modelling and control of infectious disease in the ocean.
Keyword Ecology
Evolutionary Biology
Genetics & Heredity
Parasite Population Interactions
Abalone Haliotis-cracherodii
Mass Mortality
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: School of Biological Sciences Publications
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