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Biodiversity May Not Reduce Disease Despite Popular Theory
2013-03-21 09:44:40

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Despite the predictions of a popular theory, maintaining biodiversity in an ecosystem does not necessarily reduce the transmission of diseases from animals to humans, say researchers from the Stanford University Woods Institute for the Environment. Writing in the journal Ecology Letters, co-authors James Holland Jones and Dan Salkeld challenge what is known as the dilution effect — a widely held hypothesis claiming that the...

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2010-08-04 10:45:00

Prairie dogs, once abundant in the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains, have been decimated in recent decades by plague "“ a virulent bacterial disease spread by fleas. Plague outbreaks periodically sweep through large prairie dog towns with thousands of inhabitants, killing virtually the entire population within months. Other prairie dogs move in and build a new colony, which eventually is wiped out when the disease returns. This pattern of re-colonization followed by devastation can...


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tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.