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SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

The effects of warming climate on parasite-reindeer dynamics in the Arctic. RiS ID: 11856

Awarded: NOK 78,786

Parasite and hence parasite-host interactions might change under changing abiotic conditions. A highly understudied but important factor in understanding host-parasite dynamics under a changing climate is how behaviour of parasites and hence contact with hosts could change under a changing climate. Therefore, an experiment will be set up to study how far parasitic nematodes can horizontally move out of faeces of the host into the pasture, how changing abiotic factors influence this and how this relates to contact rates with the host. Svalbard reindeer (Rangifer tarandus platyrhynchus) and the parasitic nematode (Ostertagia gruehneri) will be used as study system.

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SSF-Svalbard Science Forum