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Adaptive and neutral markers both show continent-wide population structure of mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae)Download
Assessments of population genetic structure and demographic history have traditionally been based on neutral markers while explicitly excluding adaptive markers. In this study, we compared the utility of putatively adaptive and neutral single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) for inferring mountain...
Are the “ seeds ” of spatial variation in cyclic dynamics apparent in spatially-replicated short time-series ? An example from the forest tent caterpillarDownload
Variation in the pattern of dynamics of the forest tent caterpillar was assessed over a 13-year interval of population collapse and increase among 68 sites within a 420 km2 region. Patterns of population change were compared with the level of forest fragmentation among sites, and interpreted in...
Characterization of Norovirus strains and a seroprevalence study to understand the fluctuation of outbreak activity in Alberta, CanadaDownload
Norovirus (NoV) is recognized as the leading agent causing gastroenteritis among individuals of all ages. Historical data of NoV outbreak surveillance in Alberta, Canada, from the period July 2000 to June 2008 demonstrated a biennial pattern of NoV outbreak activity, in which peaks of high...
Identification of a putative quantitative trait nucleotide in guanylate binding protein 5 for host response to PRRS virus infectionDownload
Choi, I., Guan, L., Plastow, G. S., Liu, P., Koltes, J. E., Loyd, H., Boddicker, N. J., Eisley, C. J., Schroyen, M., Bao, H., Dekkers, J. C. M., Kommadath, A., Abrams, S. M., Reecy, J. M., Rowland, R. R. R., Serão, N. V. L., Lunney, J. K., Carpenter, S., Stothard, P., Fritz-Waters, E., Tuggle, C. K.
Background Previously, we identified a major quantitative trait locus (QTL) for host response to Porcine Respiratory and Reproductive Syndrome virus (PRRSV) infection in high linkage disequilibrium (LD) with SNP rs80800372 on Sus scrofa chromosome 4 (SSC4). Results Within this QTL,...
Interactions between the forest tent caterpillar (Malacosoma disstria Hubner) and its natural enemies: the effects of forest composition and implications for outbreak spreadDownload
Forest tent caterpillar (Malacosoma disstria Hübner; FTC), a major defoliator of aspen trees, occupies both aspen and mixedwood forest stands in Alberta’s boreal forest. Forest stand composition could influence the spatial pattern of FTC outbreaks if mortality from natural enemies differs...