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Pathways for Novel Epidemiology: Plant–Pollinator–Pathogen Networks and Global Change

Abstract : Multiple global change pressures, and their interplay, cause plant-pollinator extinctions and modify species assemblages and interactions. This may alter the risks of pathogen host-shifts, intra- or interspecific pathogen spread and emergence of novel population or community epidemics. Flowers are hubs for pathogen transmission. Consequently, the structure of plant-pollinator interaction networks may be pivotal in pathogen host shifts and modulating disease dynamics. Traits of plants, pollinators and pathogens may also govern the interspecific spread of pathogens. Pathogen spillover-spillback between managed and wild pollinators risks driving the evolution of virulence and community epidemics. Understanding this interplay between host-pathogen dynamics and global change will be crucial to predicting impacts on pollinators and pollination underpinning ecosystems and human wellbeing.
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Willem Proesmans, Matthias Albrecht, Anna Gajda, Peter Neumann, Robert Paxton, et al.. Pathways for Novel Epidemiology: Plant–Pollinator–Pathogen Networks and Global Change. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, In press, 14 p. ⟨10.1016/j.tree.2021.03.006⟩. ⟨hal-03211015⟩



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