project

STEEP

Spatial structuring, Treatments and the Evolutionary Epidemiology of Parasites
French National Research Agency (ANR)
  • Funder: French National Research Agency (ANR)Project code: ANR-16-CE35-0012
  • Funder Contribution: 370,392 EUR
Description
Parasites are an acute threat to plant, animal and human populations. To effectively manage infectious diseases, we need to predict the evolution of critical parasite traits, such as transmission and virulence. Currently, we still lack most of the conceptual and theoretical background necessary to make such predictions. A key environmental factor for parasites is the use of pre- and post-infection treatments, which exert strong selective pressures on pathogens. Also, the increased mobility of parasites and hosts calls for novel methods to model the spatial dynamics of host-parasite interactions. I propose to develop new theory to study the short- and long-term e...
Description
Parasites are an acute threat to plant, animal and human populations. To effectively manage infectious diseases, we need to predict the evolution of critical parasite traits, such as transmission and virulence. Currently, we still lack most of the conceptual and theoretical background necessary to make such predictions. A key environmental factor for parasites is the use of pre- and post-infection treatments, which exert strong selective pressures on pathogens. Also, the increased mobility of parasites and hosts calls for novel methods to model the spatial dynamics of host-parasite interactions. I propose to develop new theory to study the short- and long-term e...
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