In natural systems, hosts are usually co-infected by multiple parasites, and many parasites can infect several host species. Our research on host-parasite interactions aims to incorporate this realistic, multiple host - multiple parasite/pathogen context. Specifically we (i) evaluate the competitive interactions that occur between co-infecting parasites and the immune response to understand rates of disease spread and their impact on host health; and (ii) strive to elucidate the factors that drive host shifts disease emergence in multi-host parasites.
Using complementary wild and laboratory populations of the same host-helminth system we show that nutrition supplementation increases resistance to helminths and efficacy of deworming. https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rspb.2020.2722
The Pedersen group are attending the British Ecological Society annual conference 2020!
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Members of the Pedersen Lab will be at the Midlothian Science Festival on the 19th October taking part in Science Alive.
We will be hunting for parasites in fake poo and fake blood! and pin the parasite on the mouse....... fun for all ages
For more information about the science festival : https://midlothiansciencefestival.com/event/science-alive-2/