Assessing the distribution of disease-bearing rodents in human-modified tropical landscapes

Morand Serge, Bordes Frédéric, Blasdell Kim R., Pilosof Shai, Cornu Jean-François, Chaisiri Kittipong, Chaval Yannick, Cosson Jean François, Claude Julien, Feyfant Tristan, Herbreteau Vincent, Dupuy Stéphane, Tran Annelise. 2015. Assessing the distribution of disease-bearing rodents in human-modified tropical landscapes. Journal of Applied Ecology, 52 (3) : pp. 784-794.

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Quartile : Q1, Sujet : ECOLOGY

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Abstract : We tested how habitat structure and fragmentation affect the spatial distribution of common murine rodents inhabiting human-dominated landscapes in South-East Asia. The spatial distribution patterns observed for each rodent species were then used to assess how changes in habitat structure may potentially affect the risk of several major rodent-borne diseases. For this analysis, we used an extensive geo-referenced data base containing details of rodents trapped from seven sites in Thailand, Cambodia and Lao PDR. We also developed land-cover layers for each site. Results from published studies that screened for five major rodent-borne pathogens in rodents were used to estimate how these pathogens would likely be impacted by these alterations in habitat structure and composition. Our results confirmed the specialist and/or synanthropic status of several rodent species, although the majority of species studied demonstrated some degree of low level of habitat specialization. Habitat diversity and its alteration (decreasing forest cover, increasing fragmentation, increasing urbanization) were found to favour the presence of synanthropic rodent species such as Rattus tanezumi, known to damage crops and host important rodent-borne diseases. Synthesis and applications. The five major rodent-borne pathogens were linked to ongoing changes in habitat structure. In particular, the presence of Bartonella spp. and hantaviruses seemed to be favoured in wooded landscapes affected by ongoing fragmentation and human encroachments. Rodents also pose significant problems for crop production in South-East Asia. Our results showed that the structure of the landscape affects the likely presence of rodent species considered as agricultural pests. The patchy structure of a landscape can either enhance, such as B. indica, or decrease, such as B. savilei, the presence of rodents that may cause serious damage to crops.

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Rongeur, Distribution géographique, habitat, Déboisement, Couverture végétale, Paysage, Maladie transmise par vecteur, Vecteur de maladie, Transmission des maladies, Écologie animale, Zone tropicale, Distribution spatiale, Facteur du milieu, Rattus, Mus, Bandicota, Bartonella, Hantavirus, Leptospira, Toxoplasma gondii, zoonose

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Asie du Sud-Est, Thaïlande, Cambodge, République démocratique populaire lao

Mots-clés complémentaires : Déforestation, Berylmys, Maxomys, Niviventer, Orientia tsutsugamushi

Classification Agris : L20 - Animal ecology
L72 - Pests of animals
L73 - Animal diseases
K01 - Forestry - General aspects

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 4 (2014-2018) - Santé des animaux et des plantes

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Morand Serge, CIRAD-ES-UPR AGIRs (LAO) ORCID: 0000-0003-3986-7659
  • Bordes Frédéric, UM2 (FRA)
  • Blasdell Kim R., CSIRO (AUS)
  • Pilosof Shai, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (ISR)
  • Cornu Jean-François, UM2 (FRA)
  • Chaisiri Kittipong, Mahidol University (THA)
  • Chaval Yannick, INRA (FRA)
  • Cosson Jean François, INRA (FRA)
  • Claude Julien, ISEM (FRA)
  • Feyfant Tristan
  • Herbreteau Vincent, IRD (FRA)
  • Dupuy Stéphane, CIRAD-ES-UMR TETIS (FRA) ORCID: 0000-0002-9710-5364
  • Tran Annelise, CIRAD-ES-UPR AGIRs (FRA) ORCID: 0000-0001-5463-332X

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