Kimberly L. VanderWaal, Edward R. Atwill, Lynne. A. Isbell and Brenda McCowan Linking social and pathogen transmission networks using microbial genetics in giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) Journal of Animal Ecology 83
This study utilizes a novel approach to quantify pathogen transmission patterns in wild giraffe. A transmission network was constructed by interlinking individuals if they shared genetic subtypes of Escherichia coli. This network was compared to networks representing giraffe social and spatial patterns. This integrative approach provides new insights about social dynamics in pathogen transmission.
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