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Biological Control of Vertebrate Pests: The History of Myxomatosis - An Experiment in Evolution

By: F Fenner and B Fantini

339 pages, B/w photos, figs

CABI Publishing

Hardback | Jun 1999 | #94409 | ISBN: 0851993230
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Provides an authoritative account of biological control of vertebrate pests in general and myxomatosis in particular.

"Describes the natural history of myxoma virus in American rabbits and the history of its introduction into European rabbits, providing an example of coevolution of a virus and its vertebrate host and a paradigmatic model for understanding the emergence of infectious disease. Includes b&w photos and a glossary. Of interest to those in veterinary virology, zoology, pest management, and the history of science and medicine. Fenner is affiliated with the John Curtin School of Medicinal Research, Australian National University. Fantini is affiliated with the Institute for the History of Medicine at the University of Geneva, Switzerland."--SciTech Book News


A review of rabbits as pests; the discovery of myxoma virus; the disease myxomatosis in the European rabbit; the introduction of myxomatosis in Australia; myxomatosis in France, elsewhere in Europe and in North America; use of rabbit haemorrhage disease virus; ecological and environmental effects of rabbits; theoretical aspects of microbial control of vertebrate pests; co-evolution of parasites and hosts. (Part contents)

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