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Can Parasites Really Reveal Environmental Impact?

Citation:

Vidal Martinez, V. M., D. Pech, B. Sures, S. T. PURUCKER, AND R. Poulin. Can Parasites Really Reveal Environmental Impact? TRENDS IN PARASITOLOGY. Elsevier BV, AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, 26(1):44-51, (2010).

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Description:

This review assesses the usefulness of parasites as bioindicators of environmental impact. Relevant studies published in the past decade were compiled; factorial meta-analysis demonstrated significant effects and interactions between parasite levels and the presence and concentration of various pollutants and/or environmental stressors. These effects and interactions were also evident in subsets of studies that used different methods such as field surveys or experimental exposure. From this meta-analysis we conclude that parasites are useful bioindicators of environmental impact. Further, by examining aspects of study design, we put forward recommendations for the design of future studies to evaluate anthropogenic impact on host–parasite interactions and increase the efficiency of environmental monitoring programs.

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Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (JOURNAL/PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL)
Product Published Date: 01/01/2010
Record Last Revised: 04/22/2010
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 212858

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL EXPOSURE RESEARCH LABORATORY

ECOSYSTEMS RESEARCH DIVISION

ECOSYSTEMS ASSESSMENT BRANCH