Research group Wildlife Ecology and Health
Our group Wildlife Ecology and Health integrates ecology, pathology and statistical modelling to address wildlife health and management issues. We are a group of veterinary doctors, environmentalists, ecologists and pathologists focused on the study of wildlife with a multidisciplinary approach. Our research aim to understand the link between the environmental variation, the infectious diseases and the health of wildlife populations in a broad sense. We aim to develop not only a better understanding of the most common host-pathogen systems but also to provide a scientifically-sound foundation upon which to base wildlife population management and conservation measures.
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2022-04-29
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10 p, 2.6 MB Genetic population structure defines wild boar as an urban exploiter species in Barcelona, Spain / Hagemann, J. (University of Potsdam. Institute for Biochemistry and Biology) ; Conejero Fuentes, Carles (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Grup de Recerca Wildlife Ecology & Health) ; Stillfried, M. (Leibniz-Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research) ; Mentaberre García, Gregorio (Universitat de Lleida. Departament de Ciència Animal) ; Castillo Contreras, Raquel (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Medicina i Cirurgia Animals) ; Fickel, J. (University of Potsdam. Institute for Biochemistry and Biology) ; López Olvera, Jorge R. (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Grup de Recerca Wildlife Ecology & Health)
Urban wildlife ecology is gaining relevance as metropolitan areas grow throughout the world, reducing natural habitats and creating new ecological niches. However, knowledge is still scarce about the colonisation processes of such urban niches, the establishment of new communities, populations and/or species, and the related changes in behaviour and life histories of urban wildlife. [...]
2022 - 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.155126
Science of the total environment, Vol. 833 (october 2022) , p. 155126  
2022-04-26
18:02
7 p, 375.8 KB Ivermectin Plasma Concentration in Iberian Ibex (Capra pyrenaica) Following Oral Administration : A Pilot Study / Moroni, Barbara (University of Turin. Department of Veterinary Science) ; Granados Torres, José Enrique (Parque Nacional y Parque Natural de Sierra Nevada Carretera Antigua Sierra Nevada) ; López Olvera, Jorge R. (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Sanitat i d'Anatomia Animals) ; Espinosa Cerrato, José (Instituto de Ganadería de Montaña . Departamento Sanidad Animal) ; Ráez-Bravo, Arián (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Servei d'Ecopatologia de Fauna Salvatge) ; Mentaberre García, Gregorio (Universitat de Lleida. Departament de Ciència Animal Wildlife Ecology & Health Group) ; Fandos, Paulino (Agencia de Medio Ambiente y Agua) ; Pazzi, Marco (University of Turin. Department of Chemistry) ; Romagnoli, Monica (University of Turin. Department of Chemistry) ; Gardini, Giulia (University of Turin. Department of Veterinary Sciences) ; Rossi, Luca (University of Turin. Department of Veterinary Science) ; Valldeperes, Marta (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Sanitat i d'Anatomia Animals) ; Serrano Ferron, Emmanuel (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Servei d'Ecopatologia de Fauna Salvatge) ; Ramos, Blanca (Parque Nacional y Parque Natural de Sierra Nevada Carretera Antigua Sierra Nevada) ; Odore, Rosangela (University of Turin. Department of Veterinary Science)
Sarcoptic mange is considered the main driver of demographic declines occurred in the last decades in Iberian ibex (Capra pyrenaica) populations. Mass treatment campaigns by administration of in-feed acaricides are used as a measure to mitigate the impact of mange in the affected populations. [...]
2022 - 10.3389/fvets.2022.830157
Frontiers in Veterinary Science, Vol. 9 (april 2022)  
2022-03-01
11:15
12 p, 1.4 MB First Report of Streptococcus ruminantium in Wildlife : phenotypic Differences with a Spanish Domestic Ruminant Isolate / Neila-Ibáñez, Carlos María (Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentàries. Centre de Recerca en Sanitat Animal) ; Pintado, Ester (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Servei de Diagnòstic de Patologia Veterinària) ; Velarde, Roser (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Medicina i Cirurgia Animals) ; Fernández Aguilar, Xavier (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Servei d'Ecopatologia de Fauna Salvatge) ; Vidal Barba, Enric (Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentàries. Centre de Recerca en Sanitat Animal) ; Aragon, Virginia (Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentàries. Centre de Recerca en Sanitat Animal) ; Abarca Salat, Maria Lourdes (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Sanitat i d'Anatomia Animals)
Streptococcus ruminantium is a recent reclassification of the former Streptococcus suis serovar 33. Although knowledge about S. suis is extensive, information on S. ruminantium host range and pathogenic potential is still scarce. [...]
2022 - 10.3390/microbiolres13010008
Microbiology Research, Vol. 13 Núm. 1 (2022) , p. 102-113  
2022-02-27
20:13
20 p, 979.1 KB Safe Game : Hygienic Habits in Self-Consumption of Game Meat in Eastern Spain / Lizana, Victor (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Grup de Recerca Wildlife Ecology & Health) ; Muniesa, Ana (Universidad de Zaragoza. Departamento de Patología Animal) ; Cardells, Jesús (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Grup de Recerca Wildlife Ecology & Health) ; López-Ramon, Jordi (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Grup de Recerca Wildlife Ecology & Health) ; Aguiló-Gisbert, Jordi (Universidad Cardenal Herrera-CEU. Servicio de Análisis, Investigación, Gestión de Animales Silvestres) ; Lomillos, Juan M. (Universidad Cardenal Herrera-CEU. Servicio de Análisis, Investigación, Gestión de Animales Silvestres) ; Gortazar, Christian (SaBio Instituto de Investigación en Recursos Cinegéticos IREC)
We used anonymous questionnaires to assess the hygienic and sanitary aspects of game meat self-consumption in Eastern Spain as the first step towards a health risk assessment. The survey yielded 472 valid interviews from active hunters. [...]
2022 - 10.3390/foods11030368
Foods, Vol. 11 (january 2022)  
2022-02-20
18:39
12 p, 247.1 KB Symptomatic and Asymptomatic Protist Infections in Hospital Inpatients in Southwestern China / Zhang, Shun-Xian (Chinese Center for Tropical Diseases Research) ; Carmena, David (National Centre for Microbiology, Health Institute Carlos III) ; Ballesteros, Cristina (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Grup de Recerca Wildlife Ecology & Health) ; Yang, Chun-Li (Hospital of People's Liberation Army of China) ; Chen, Jia-Xu (Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine) ; Chu, Yan-Hong (Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine) ; Yu, Ying-Fang (Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine) ; Wu, Xiu-Ping (Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine) ; Tian, Li-Guang (Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine) ; Serrano Ferron, Emmanuel (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Grup de Recerca Wildlife Ecology & Health)
Cryptosporidium spp. , Entamoeba histolytica, Giardia duodenalis, and Blastocystis sp. infections have been frequently reported as etiological agents for gastroenteritis, but also as common gut inhabitants in apparently healthy individuals. [...]
2021 - 10.3390/pathogens10060684
Pathogens, Vol. 10 (may 2021)  
2022-02-20
18:39
13 p, 2.6 MB First Description of SARS-CoV-2 Infection in Two Feral American Mink (Neovison vison) Caught in the Wild / Aguiló-Gisbert, Jordi (Universidad Cardenal Herrera-CEU. Servicio de Análisis, Investigación, Gestión de Animales Silvestres) ; Padilla-Blanco, Miguel (Universidad Cardenal Herrera-CEU. Departamento de Farmacología) ; Lizana, Victor (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Grup de Recerca Wildlife Ecology & Health) ; Maiques, Elisa (Universidad Cardenal Herrera-CEU. Departamento de Ciencias Biomédicas) ; Muñoz-Baquero, Marta (Universidad Cardenal Herrera-CEU. Servicio de Análisis, Investigación, Gestión de Animales Silvestres) ; Chillida-Martínez, Eva (Universidad Cardenal Herrera-CEU. Servicio de Análisis, Investigación, Gestión de Animales Silvestres) ; Cardells, Jesús (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Grup de Recerca Wildlife Ecology & Health) ; Rubio-Guerri, Consuelo (Universidad Cardenal Herrera-CEU. Departamento de Farmacología)
COVID-19 is one of the most important pandemics in recent history. It is an emerging infectious disease, probably of animal origin. Several domesticated and non-domesticated animals are naturally susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 infection, including Mustelidae, of which mink is the first species identified to suffer from this infection. [...]
2021 - 10.3390/ani11051422
Animals, Vol. 11 (may 2021)  
2022-02-20
18:38
10 p, 1.8 MB Protective Effect of Intestinal Helminthiasis Against Tuberculosis Progression Is Abrogated by Intermittent Food Deprivation / Garrido-Amaro, Cristina (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Grup de Recerca Wildlife Ecology & Health) ; Cardona, Paula (Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red de Enfermedades Respiratorias) ; Gassó, Diana (Universitat de Lleida. Escola Tècnica Superior d'Enginyeria Agrària) ; Arias, Lilibeth (Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red de Enfermedades Respiratorias) ; Velarde, Roser (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Grup de Recerca Wildlife Ecology & Health) ; Tvarijonaviciute, Asta (Universidad de Murcia. Interlab-UMU) ; Serrano Ferron, Emmanuel (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Grup de Recerca Wildlife Ecology & Health) ; Cardona, Pere-Joan (Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red de Enfermedades Respiratorias)
Tuberculosis (TB) is still a major challenge for humankind. Because regions with the highest incidence also have a high prevalence of helminthiasis and nutritional scarcity, we wanted to understand the impact of these on TB progression. [...]
2021 - 10.3389/fimmu.2021.627638
Frontiers in immunology, Vol. 12 (april 2021)  
2022-02-20
18:38
7 p, 265.6 KB Molecular Detection and Identification of Chlamydiaceae in the Eyes of Wild and Domestic Ruminant Hosts from Northern Spain / Dias-Alves, Andrea (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Medicina i Cirurgia Animals) ; Cabezón Ponsoda, Óscar (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Medicina i Cirurgia Animals) ; Borel, Nicole (University of Zurich. Institute of Veterinary Pathology) ; López Olvera, Jorge R. (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Grup de Recerca Wildlife Ecology & Health) ; Mentaberre García, Gregorio (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Grup de Recerca Wildlife Ecology & Health) ; Lavín González, Santiago (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Grup de Recerca Wildlife Ecology & Health) ; Fernández Aguilar, Xavier (University of Calgary. Department of Ecosystem & Public Health)
Infections by Chlamydiae are associated with ocular disease in humans and animals. In this study, the presence and diversity of Chlamydia spp. was assessed in diseased and healthy eyes of domestic sheep and wild ruminants that share mountain habitats in northern Spain. [...]
2021 - 10.3390/pathogens10030383
Pathogens, Vol. 10 (march 2021)  
2022-02-07
04:33
9 p, 788.9 KB Infection and exposure to vector-borne pathogens in rural dogs and their ticks, Uganda / Proboste, Tatiana (Universidad Mayor. Facultad de Ciencias Silvoagropecuarias) ; Kalema-Zikusoka, Gladys (Conservation Through Public Health) ; Altet Sanahujes, Laura (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Vetgenomics) ; Solano Gallego, Laia (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Medicina i Cirurgia Animals) ; Fernández de Mera, Isabel G. (Health & Biotechnology (SaBio) Group) ; Chirife, Andrea D. ; Muro, Jesús (Andorra Veterinary Services) ; Bach i Raich, Ester (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Medicina i Cirurgia Animals) ; Piazza, Antonio (Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Sicilia) ; Cevidanes, Aitor (Universidad Andres Bello. Facultad de Ecología y Recursos Naturales) ; Blanda, Valeria (Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Sicilia) ; Mugisha, Lawrence (Conservation & Ecosystem Health Alliance (CEHA)) ; de la Fuente, José (Oklahoma State University. Department of Veterinary Pathobiology) ; Caracappa, Santo (Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Sicilia) ; Millán, Javier (Universidad Andres Bello. Facultad de Ecología y Recursos Naturales)
In rural parts of Africa, dogs live in close association with humans and livestock, roam freely, and usually do not receive prophylactic measures. Thus, they are a source of infectious disease for humans and for wildlife such as protected carnivores. [...]
2015 - 10.1186/s13071-015-0919-x
Parasites & vectors, Vol. 8 (june 2015)  
2022-02-07
04:27
16 p, 9.3 MB Toxoplasma gondii infection in wild mustelids and cats across an urban-rural gradient / Barros, Macarena (Universidad Andres Bello. Centro de Investigación para la Sustentabilidad) ; Cabezón Ponsoda, Óscar (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Medicina i Cirurgia Animals) ; Dubey, Jitender P. (Beltsville Agricultural Research Center. Animal Parasitic Diseases Laboratory) ; Almería de la Merced, Sonia (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Sanitat i d'Anatomia Animals) ; Ribas, María P. (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Servei d'Ecopatologia de Fauna Salvatge) ; Escobar, Luis E. (Virginia Tech. Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation) ; Ramos, Barbara (Universidad Andres Bello. Centro de Investigacion para la Sustentabilidad) ; Medina-Vogel, Gonzalo (Universidad Andres Bello. Centro de Investigacion para la Sustentabilidad)
The increase in human population and domestic pets, such as cats, are generating important consequences in terms of habitat loss and pathogen pollution of coastal ecosystems with potential to generate negative impacts in marine biodiversity. [...]
2018 - 10.1371/journal.pone.0199085
PloS one, Vol. 13 (june 2018)