‘Anthrax transmission in grazing wildlife in Namibia’ talk by Dr. Wendy C Turner — Bangalore, Oct 8, 2012
October 8, 2012
11.00 AM to
Centre for Ecological Studies, IISc
Talk on Anthrax transmission in grazing wildlife of Etosha National Park in Namibia by Dr. Wendy C Turner, US National Science Foundation and Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Oslo, Norway.
Many mysteries remain in our understanding of how herbivores acquire Bacillus anthracis, the bacterium causing anthrax infections. Transmission of B. anthracis between hosts involves passage through the external environment, and herbivores are thought to be exposed via ingestion of B. anthracis spores. Changes in environmental conditions correlate with increases in disease incidence, but the mechanistic relationships among climatic factors, host exposure and susceptibility, and disease transmission remain largely unknown.
Wendy’s research focuses on foraging ecology and plains Zebra (Equus quagga) anthrax carcass sites, to assess carcass nutrient effects on vegetation, factors affecting the persistence of B. anthracis, and how herbivores utilize these infectious sites over time.
Tea and coffee will be served at 10:45 AM.
All are cordially invited.