Environmental epidemiology: fluctuating temperature effects

Alford, Ross A. (2013) Environmental epidemiology: fluctuating temperature effects. Nature Climate Change, 3. pp. 101-103.

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Abstract

[Extrac] Interactions among and between microbes and their hosts often depend on environmental context. Averages of environmental variables such as temperature and moisture are often used to characterize that context, and to model how it affects organisms and their relationships¹. However, conditions in most environments fluctuate, with varying amplitude, length and predictability Understanding how this variability affects particular systems may be essential for anticipating and responding to the effects of environmental change¹. Writing in Nature Climate Change, Raffel et al. provide a framework for understanding how most organisms and their pathogens interact in fluctuating environments. Their ideas may help to predict responses to environmental change, including the emergence of pathogens.

Item ID: 27391
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 1758-6798
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2013 23:15
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960310 Global Effects of Climate Change and Variability (excl. Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and the South Pacific) @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9604 Control of Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species > 960404 Control of Animal Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species in Forest and Woodlands Environments @ 25%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960805 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity at Regional or Larger Scales @ 25%
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