Theory That Biodiversity Can Reduce Disease Is An “Oversimplification” Say Researchers

RedOrbit: Despite the predictions of a popular theory, maintaining biodiversity in an ecosystem does not necessarily reduce the transmission of diseases from animals to humans, say researchers from the Stanford University Woods Institute for the Environment. Writing in the journal Ecology Letters, co-authors James Holland Jones and Dan Salkeld challenge what is known as the dilution effect – a widely held hypothesis claiming that the risk of human illness resulting from animal pathogens decreases as the......

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