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Six degrees of Apodemus separation

McCallum, HI 2009 , 'Six degrees of Apodemus separation' , Journal of Animal Ecology, vol. 78, no. 5 , pp. 891-893 , doi:

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The yellow-necked mouse (Apodemus flavicollis) has been the subject of many studies examining parasite–host systems. Perkins et al. (2009) used ecological monitoring (radio-tracking and capture–mark–recapture) and graph theory to construct a contact network of the population to explain potential disease transmission dynamics. Social network analysis has been widely used to help understand the transmission of human diseases. Its application to wildlife disease is very much in its infancy, largely because of the difficulty of recording contacts between wild animals. Sarah Perkins et al. have constructed contact networks for yellow-necked mice (Apodemus flavicollis) in the Italian Alps, comparing networks derived from radio-tracking and mark–recapture data. They found that the method producing the most informative data depended on population density. However, all networks had aggregated contact distributions, which is important for understanding disease transmission.

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Authors/Creators:McCallum, HI
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Animal Ecology
ISSN: 1365-2656
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