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Alien Pathogens on the Horizon : Opportunities for Predicting their Threat to Wildlife [Conservation Letters]

Keywords : environmental hazard, horizon scanning, invasive alien species, legislation, wildlife diseases

par Frédéric Magné - publié le

According to the Convention on Biological Diversity, by 2020 invasive alien species (IAS) should be identified and their impacts assessed, so that species can be prioritised for implementation of appropriate control strategies and measures put in place to manage invasion pathways. For one quarter of the IAS listed as the “100 of the world’s worst”, environmental impacts are linked to diseases of wildlife, undomesticated plants and animals. Moreover, IAS are a significant source of ‘pathogen pollution’ defined as the human-mediated introduction, often unintentional, of a pathogen to a new host or region.(...)

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