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2nd workshop of BIODIS "Disentangling the linkages between biodiversity and emerging infectious diseases"

Organised by CESAB, supported by the French Foundation for Biodiversity Research (FRB), DIVERSITAS, and Fondation Total, 11-15 November 2013, Aix-en-Provence, France

This workshop has hosted 12 scientists from a range of disciplines (ecology, evolutionary biology and public health) from France, Italy, Mexico, and USA. This group aims at understanding how biodiversity and infectious diseases can interact together in order to identify the main drivers of pathogen emergence and transmission.

The objectives of this workshop were to:

  • Finalize on-going manuscripts,
  • Brainstorm on different questions identified about the links between biodiversity and infectious diseases and identify data to address these questions,
  • Set up priorities for the next meeting.

The following next steps have been decided:

The coordinator of BIODIS, Gabriel Garcia, will start data analysis of the data compile to address the research questions identified during the workshop. In addition, the two following themes will be disentangled: theoretical exploration and design of experimental study of adaptation of multi-host pathogens; and linkages between biological conservation outcomes and infectious disease emergence.

Taking the opportunity of this meeting, Vanessa Ezenwa (University of Georgia, USA) gave a seminar "From host immunity to pathogen invasion: linking helminth co-infection and microparasite dynamics" at the Campus de l'Arbois, Aix-en-Provence University.

More information: Benjamin Roche and Jean-François Guégan

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