2010 - 2012
Ticks and tick-borne infections in different climate zones
The tick-borne disease anaplasmosis causes yearly severe losses in Swedish lambproduction. The present project will study the population dynamics with regard to abundance, species present, development stages represented and infections of Anaplasma in different climate zones. Moreover, affected animals will be investigated regarding the bacterium. Current and past climatological data will be collected and compared with field data collected to be used in models in order to predict transmission dynamics for the different climate zones. This may also be a useful future tool regarding to the predicted climate change causing new scenarios of disease-transmission.