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dc.contributor.authorSu, Min
dc.contributor.authorHui, Cang
dc.contributor.authorZhang, Yanyu
dc.contributor.authorLi, Zizhen
dc.date.accessioned2009-08-15T09:14:56Z
dc.date.available2009-08-15T09:14:56Z
dc.date.issued2009
dc.identifier.citationSu, M., Hui, C., Zhang, Y. & Li, Z. (2009) How does the spatial structure of habitat loss affect the eco-epidemic dynamics? Ecological Modelling, 220: 51-59.en
dc.identifier.issn0304-3800en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/123456789/410
dc.description.abstractHabitat loss is considered as one of the primary causes of species extinction, especially for a species that also suffers from an epidemic disease. Little attention has been paid to the combined effect of habitat loss and epidemic transmission on the species spatiotemporal dynamics. Here, a spatial model of the parasite–host/prey–predator eco-epidemiological system with habitat loss was studied. Habitat patches in the model, instead of undergoing a random loss, were spatially clustered by different degrees. Not only the quantity of habitat loss but also its clustering degree was shown to affect the equilibrium of the system. The infection rate and the probability of successful predation were keys to determine the spatial patterns of species. The epidemic disease is more likely to break out if only a small amount of suitable patches were lost. Counter-intuitively, infected preys are more sensitive to habitat loss than predators if the lost patches are highly clustered. This result is new to eco-epidemiology and implies a possibility of using spatial arrangement of suitable (or unsuitable) patches to control the spread of epidemics in the ecological system.en
dc.description.sponsorshipThis work was supported by the National Social Science Foundation of China (04AJL007). C.H. also acknowledges the support from the “Chunhui Scholar” Project of the Ministry of Education of China and the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology of South Africa.en
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dc.language.isoenen
dc.subjectEco-epidemiologyen
dc.subjectHabitat lossen
dc.subjectSpatial structureen
dc.subjectSpatial correlationen
dc.subjectLattice modelen
dc.subjectJoin-count statisticsen
dc.titleHow does the spatial structure of habitat loss affect the eco-epidemic dynamics?en
dc.typeJournal Articlesen
dc.cibjournalEcological Modellingen
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