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Parasitic fauna of East European voles (Microtus levis) in Svalbard (ParaVole)

Study of parasites infecting East European voles. Collecting of ectoparasites, parasitological dissection of the hosts. Microscopic observation of protozoan parasites (Eimeria, Cryptosporidium, Toxoplasma), molecular and phylogenetic analyses.

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Starts
2017-08-01

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2017-08-25

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  • field work

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  • terrestrial biology

Project Keywords

  • biological classification / animals/vertebrates / mammals
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Summary

Rodents will be examined for the presence of ectoparasites (mites, fleas, lice), and will be dissected. Part of the digestive tract will be used for microscopic observation for revealing intestinal parasites. DNA of the hosts and of the chosen parasites (e. g. Eimeria, Cryptosporidium, Hoplopleura) will be extracted, and used for reconstructing phylogenetic history.

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