Impacts on wildlife populations of infection by multiple, interacting pathogens and the implications for disease management (2014–2017)
Simultaneous infection by multiple pathogens is common in nature and interactions among pathogens within a host can profoundly alter the susceptibility of hosts to infection, disease severity, and the probability of further transmission. This project aims to understand the consequences of these interactions on both wildlife populations and the communities of pathogens that infect them. This knowledge will improve our ability to manage disease in wild populations, which is critical for protecting people, livestock and species of conservation concern from emerging disease threats. The application of these findings to koalas will enhance the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of disease management and improve long term population persistence.