Sept. 30, 2020

014 Beak and Feather Disease virus with Johanne Martens

014 Beak and Feather Disease virus with Johanne Martens

Over four years, Dr. Johanne Martens has been studying the Beak and Feather Disease virus, which is appearing more often among wild bird populations, especially parrots. Focusing on Crimson Rosellas, monitoring nest boxes, Johannes and her team from...


Over four years, Dr. Johanne Martens has been studying the Beak and Feather Disease virus, which is appearing more often among wild bird populations, especially parrots.

Focusing on Crimson Rosellas, monitoring nest boxes, Johannes and her team from Deakin University have discovered much about this disease, and points to some methods to ameliorate the potential effects on both wild and captive populations.

In the usual Bird Nerd part of the show, Johanne tells us how she studied escaped Amazon parrots, gone feral in Europe, and her favourite bird things.

These are the links to all of Johanne's BFDV papers:

Prevalence in common species: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0235406

Persistence of infection: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01584197.2019.1640069

Seasonal fluctuations: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-64631-y

Detection in nest boxes: https://peerj.com/articles/9211/

And here are her papers on urban Amazons:

Breeding: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10336-017-1436-9

Diet: https://bioone.org/journals/Ardea/volume-101/issue-1/078.101.0111/Diet-and-Feeding-Behaviour-of-Naturalised-Amazon-Parrots-in-a/10.5253/078.101.0111.full

 

And this a link for many of the Animals on the Internet -  like the Internet of Things!

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/09/science/space-station-wildlife.html

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