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Vampire bat immunity and infection risk respond to livestock rearing

The availability of livestock as a food source for vampire bats influences their immune response and infection by bacterial pathogens, according to a new study led by UGA Ecology graduate student Daniel Becker in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.

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Parasites and hosts may respond differently to a warmer world

Organisms infected by parasites may respond differently to changes in temperature than their uninfected counterparts, according to new research from the Odum School. The study of a host-parasite system in coastal waters of the southeastern U.S. found that a rise of just 2 degrees Celsius could be enough to cause the parasite to die out locally, as infected hosts are not able to survive at the higher temperature.

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