Individual trade-offs between nutrition and risk of interspecific transmission of disease by grazing: cows, badger latrines and bovine tuberculosis

Michael Scantlebury, S. Harris, D.J. Allcroft, M.R. Hutchings

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Abstract

1. We examine whether various measures of herbivore current physiological state (age, breeding and immune status) and genetic potential can be used as indicators of exposure to and risk from disease. We use dairy cattle and the risks of tuberculosis (TB) transmission posed to them by pasture contaminated with badger excreta (via the fecal-oral route) as a model system to address our aim.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-158
Number of pages18
JournalBehaviour
Volume143
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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