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Greater Sage-GrouseEcology and Conservation of a Landscape Species and Its Habitats$
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Steven Knick

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520267114

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520267114.001.0001

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Parasites and Infectious Diseases of Greater Sage-Grouse

Parasites and Infectious Diseases of Greater Sage-Grouse

(p.112) (p.113) Chapter Eight Parasites and Infectious Diseases of Greater Sage-Grouse
Greater Sage-Grouse

Thomas J. Christiansen

Cynthia M. Tate

University of California Press

This chapter focuses on the parasites, infectious diseases, and non-infectious diseases related to toxicants found in Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) across its range. Documentation of population-level effects is rare, although researchers have responded to the recent emergence of West Nile virus with rigorous efforts. West Nile virus shows greater virulence and potential population-level effects than any infectious agent detected in Greater Sage-Grouse to date. Research has demonstrated that parasites and diseases can have population-level effects on grouse species; new infectious diseases are emerging; and habitat fragmentation is increasing the number of small, isolated populations of Greater Sage-Grouse. Natural resource management agencies need to develop additional research and systematic monitoring programs for evaluating the role of micro- and macro parasites, especially West Nile virus, infectious bronchitis and other corona viruses, avian retroviruses, Mycoplasma spp., and Eimeria spp. and associated enteric bacteria affecting sagegrouse populations.

Keywords:   Centrocercus urophasianus, infectious diseases, Greater Sage-Grouse, parasites, retroviruses, non-infectious diseases, West Nile virus, population-level effects, habitat fragmentation, enteric bacteria

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