Navigation Links
Scientists develop novel method to study parasite numbers in wild seabirds
Date:12/13/2012

Scientists have developed a new method for studying parasite numbers in the stomachs of individual seabirds in the wild. The technique enables the recording of video footage of worms inside seabird stomachs and is an important step forward in understanding the impact of parasites on seabird populations. The research is published today (13 December 2012) in the scientific journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution.

The research team trialled the use of endoscopy, often used in human and veterinary medicine but rarely in field situations, to measure natural parasite loads, or burdens, of European shags, a member of the cormorant family. The new study is part of ongoing work into how different factors such as gut parasites might affect the breeding success or survival of seabirds.

Shags have nematode worms (Contracaecum rudolphii) in their stomachs, obtained from their fish diet. These worms feed directly on food obtained by the birds, reducing for the food available to both parent and chicks.

The team behind today's study was led by Dr Sarah Burthe from the NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) in the UK. Dr Burthe and colleagues from CEH collaborated with scientists from the University of Edinburgh (UK), Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland (UK), Aarhus University, (Denmark) and the Natural History Museum, London (UK). The study was carried out on the Isle of May NNR, an important seabird colony off the east coast of Scotland which has been intensively studied since the 1970s.

Dr Burthe said, "Endoscopy is used routinely in veterinary and human medicine but to our knowledge has not been used to measure parasites in wild animals. Our new method using an endoscope is a rapid, reliable and repeatable way of looking at gut parasites in European shags which has no obvious adverse effects."

The study found that all birds had parasites ranging from low burdens of several worms through to high burdens of
'/>"/>

Contact: Dr Barnaby Smith
bpgs@ceh.ac.uk
44-079-202-95384
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Was the sauropod dinosaurs large size due to plant food? Scientists argue old idea still has legs
2. Another muscular dystrophy mystery solved; MU scientists inch closer to a therapy for patients
3. Gladstone scientists discover novel mechanism by which calorie restriction influences longevity
4. Neuroscientists prove ultrasound can be tweaked to stimulate different sensations
5. New test adds to scientists understanding of Earths history, resources
6. 23andMe scientists receive more than $500,000 in National Institutes of Health funding
7. Salk scientists develop faster, safer method for producing stem cells
8. Kansas State University scientists named American Association for the Advancement of Science fellows
9. Liverpool scientists decipher genetic code of wheat
10. USDA scientists and cooperators sequence the wheat genome in breakthrough for global food security
11. Scientists sniff out the substances behind the aroma in the king of fruits
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Scientists develop novel method to study parasite numbers in wild seabirds
(Date:10/1/2014)... microbes that thrive in the deserts, rainforests, prairies and ... beneath New York City,s Central Park, according to a ... the University of Colorado Boulder. , The research ... Park,s 843 acres and discovered a stunning diversity of ... before. , Only 8.5 percent to 16.2 percent ...
(Date:9/30/2014)... EVANSTON, Ill. --- Do we think of nature as something ... something we need to "preserve?" Or do we think of ... a part of nature, but what about a house? ... They are also reflected in our actions, our speech and ... partnership with the University of Washington, the American Indian Center ...
(Date:9/30/2014)... The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded Lawrence ... develop an electrode array system that will enable ... through unprecedented resolution and scale. , LLNL,s grant-funded ... President Obama,s BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing ... to revolutionize our understanding of the human mind ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Microbes in Central Park soil: If they can make it there, they can make it anywhere 2Microbes in Central Park soil: If they can make it there, they can make it anywhere 3The cultural side of science communication 2NIH taps lab to develop sophisticated electrode array system to monitor brain act 2NIH taps lab to develop sophisticated electrode array system to monitor brain act 3
... HOUSTON (May 9, 2012) Like their human cousins, ... get it. If the menu,s right, giraffes are even less ... R. Brown School of Engineering have designed devices to efficiently, ... very different residents of the Houston Zoo. "For the ...
... LANSING, Mich. For his work on developing new ... been named a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative ... Robert Abramovitch of MSU,s Department of Microbiology ... glows green in response to conditions that mimic human ...
... Brigham and Women,s Hospital (BWH), the ingredient that gives ... the future of weight loss. Ali Tavakkoli, ... published a study investigating whether two surgeries called vagal ... pepper,s burning sensationand vagatomy can achieve weight loss and ...
Cached Biology News:Feeding without the frenzy 2Biosensor illuminates compounds to aid fight against TB 2Hot sauce ingredient reduces 'beer belly' fat as a weight-loss surgery alternative 2
(Date:9/30/2014)... German . , The ... a semiconductor layer. Quantum dots are small structures that spontaneously ... short laser pulse is fired at the photonic crystal, its ... change in the electromagnetic field around it. This change can ... the dot. As soon as the refractive index recovers its ...
(Date:9/30/2014)... Sept. 30, 2014 Pacific Northwest Biotechnology, ... Summary Global Markets Direct,s, ,Pacific Northwest Biotechnology, ... an overview of the Pacific Northwest Biotechnology, LLC,s ... provides comprehensive information on the current therapeutic developmental ... comparative analysis at various stages, therapeutics assessment by ...
(Date:9/30/2014)... (PRWEB) September 30, 2014 Over the ... primarily due to rising R&D budgets and increased acceptance ... fast growing pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries are also catalyzing ... laboratory filtration market is expected to grow at a ... is estimated to be worth $2,532.6 million by 2019. ...
(Date:9/30/2014)... 30, 2014 CORD:USE Cord Blood Bank – ... it has entered into an Equity and Exclusive Services ... licensed a series of patented technologies for the isolation of ... applications.  Tianhe is performing Phase I/II clinical trials in ... using Tianhe,s Stem Cell Educator Therapy showing ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Ultrafast remote switching of light emission 2Pacific Northwest Biotechnology, LLC - Product Pipeline Review - 2014 2Pacific Northwest Biotechnology, LLC - Product Pipeline Review - 2014 3Global Laboratory Filtration Market To See 7.0% CAGR to 2019 Says a Research Report Available at ReportsnReports.com 2Global Laboratory Filtration Market To See 7.0% CAGR to 2019 Says a Research Report Available at ReportsnReports.com 3Global Laboratory Filtration Market To See 7.0% CAGR to 2019 Says a Research Report Available at ReportsnReports.com 4Global Laboratory Filtration Market To See 7.0% CAGR to 2019 Says a Research Report Available at ReportsnReports.com 5CORD:USE is Pleased to Announce it has Partnered with Tianhe Stem Cell Biotechnologies, Developer of Cord Blood Stem Cell Therapy Showing Promising Results in Clinical Trials for the Treatment of Diabetes and Autoimmune Diseases 2CORD:USE is Pleased to Announce it has Partnered with Tianhe Stem Cell Biotechnologies, Developer of Cord Blood Stem Cell Therapy Showing Promising Results in Clinical Trials for the Treatment of Diabetes and Autoimmune Diseases 3CORD:USE is Pleased to Announce it has Partnered with Tianhe Stem Cell Biotechnologies, Developer of Cord Blood Stem Cell Therapy Showing Promising Results in Clinical Trials for the Treatment of Diabetes and Autoimmune Diseases 4
... PathDetect reporting system for studying NFAT ... Mary Buchanan Chao-Feng Zheng ,Stratagene , ... reporter plasmid, is designed for studying the activation ... factors. These,interesting proteins, which play an essential role ...
... Taq DNA polymerase utilizes ultra-pure ,Taq2000 ... DNA polymerase ,features a modified version of ... start capability. Using SureStart Taq, hot start is ,in- corporated ... little or no modification of cycling parameters or reaction ,conditions. ...
... Up to 25-fold higher transformation efficiency of ligated ... Alan Greener ,Stratagene Cloning Systems, Inc. , ... improves the transformation efficiency of ligated DNA. Epicurian,Coli ... cells* yielded,transformation efficiencies for ligated DNA that were ...
Cached Biology Technology:Cis-Reporting System Monitors Intracellular Calcium Mobilization 2Cis-Reporting System Monitors Intracellular Calcium Mobilization 3Cis-Reporting System Monitors Intracellular Calcium Mobilization 4Cis-Reporting System Monitors Intracellular Calcium Mobilization 5Improve Amplification Specificity with Hot Start PCR Enzyme 2Improve Amplification Specificity with Hot Start PCR Enzyme 3New Competent Cells for Highest Transformation Efficiencies 2New Competent Cells for Highest Transformation Efficiencies 3New Competent Cells for Highest Transformation Efficiencies 4New Competent Cells for Highest Transformation Efficiencies 5New Competent Cells for Highest Transformation Efficiencies 6New Competent Cells for Highest Transformation Efficiencies 7New Competent Cells for Highest Transformation Efficiencies 8
... The DNA120 is a dedicated concentrator for ... precipitates of DNA/RNA. The integrated system combines ... pump. The compact design, automatic pump and ... run time; one for heater time), makes ...
... (For small quantities of solvents with DNA ... concentrator/centrifugal evaporator systems respond to specific applications ... and safe concentration of heat-labile samples. The ... different of cold traps and a wide ...
... The Jouan RC10 series of vacuum ... product protection features allied to rapid and ... modules can be combined with oil-free or ... traps and a wide selection of rotors ...
For relative and/or absolute quantification with standard accuracy requirements using MS or NMR instruments...
Biology Products: