Sledge dogs in the Arctic as a potential source of parasitic infections of humans and wildlife.

This project is focused on the parasites of the sledgedogs (Canis lupus familiaris). The main aim is to detect the parasites which could infect people and free-living animals using coprology and molecular methods.

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  • biological classification / animals/vertebrates / mammals
  • biological classification / animals/vertebrates

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In this study we would like to examine the sledge dogs feaces. Dogs are potentional source of unicellular parasites (microsporidia, cryptosporidia) and tapeworms and other helminths. In cooperation with dog owners, we will collect samples and examine them for detection of parasites using microscopic and molecular methods. This study is a part of CzechPolar2 research project. The primary aim of the CzechPolar2 project lies in providing background for the scientific research in the Arctic, the results of which significantly contribute to the worldwide understanding of the global threats (climate change, ozone hole, sea level rise, changes in ocean, carbon and greenhouse gases circulation, biodiversity threat, etc.) and technological advancement. Arctic activities are much closer interconnected with mid latitudes including Central Europe due to the ongoing climate change. The project will have based in Josef Svoboda Station in Svalbard that consists of the main base in Longyearbyen and a field station in Petuniabukta. These are the mainly locations of interest and the infrastructure will be used as a platform for a collection of environmental data and biological material. Project is planned as a support for biological studies (microbiology, parasitology, botany, zoology, algology) in the areas with main focus on ecological studies (changes in the ecosystems, life cycles of invertebrates) plus the studies on the chemical and physical environmental influences (influence of temperature, UV, chemistry on survival of organisms, carbon and greenhouse gases circulation).

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