Parasites and Infectious Diseases of Greater Sage-Grouse

Thomas J. Christiansen and Cynthia M. Tate

in Greater Sage-Grouse

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780520267114
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948686 | DOI:
Parasites and Infectious Diseases of Greater Sage-Grouse

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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

Chapter.  7834 words. 

Subjects: Vertebrates

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