Roe deer, ticks and stress: correlated?

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“Limiting chronic stress in wildlife limits disease.”  J.M. Rijks

In this research project, we study the relation between chronic stress and ticks in roe deer. Stress hormones and receptor levels will be determined in fur and brain samples, and analysed in relation to tick numbers and tick-borne diseases. A positive relation between these factors would imply that chronic stress renders roe deer more sensitive to high tick load and tick-borne pathogens.

 

Many thanks to Dick Pasman for the photo!

 

 

Wie ik ben 

Ik ben dr. Jolianne Rijks, onderzoeker in het departement Pathobiologie van de faculteit Diergeneeskunde. 

Wat ik doe 

Ik ben verbonden aan het Dutch Wildlife Health Centre, waar ik vooral kijk naar de oorzaken en gevolgen van ziekteuitbraken bij wilde dieren. 

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