The European Consortium for the Barcode of Life (ECBOL), the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS) and the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) organized the 3rd ECBOL conference under the theme “Barcoding of Organisms of Policy Concern”, at Brussels, 17-20 September 2012
SESSION 2 - Mammals and their parasites
SESSION 3 - Mammal zoonosis ecology
SESSION 9 - Mammals and Landscape
SESSION 12 - Phylogeography
SESSION 13 - Systematics and Barcoding
Due to the high level of endemic species that they support and the high threats they are facing, such as unsustainable limestone quarrying, hunting and urbanization, limestone karsts are recognized as biodiversity hotspots needing urgent protection.
The first aim of our study was to investigate the mammal rodent diversity of Thai limestone karsts. Our second aim was to examine the diversity at a finer scale than the species level (intraspecific biodiversity) using phylogeographic approaches. Therefore, we studied the phylogeographic structure of a threatened rodent, endemic to limestone karsts of Thailand, the Murinae Leopoldamys neilli .
We sampled 76 limestone karsts in whole Thailand and live-trapped 444 rodents including 115 Leopoldamys neilli .
Our study revealed an important rodent diversity in Thai limestone karsts. Besides endemic rodent species, karsts also host typical forest species to which they provide forest refugia in deforested regions. At the intraspecific level, our study revealed an unexpected high level of genetic differentiation within the rodent species L. neilli . As each limestone area of Thailand is characterized by a particular genetic lineage of L. neilli , the destruction of these karsts would lead to the disappearance of unique intraspecific strains not found elsewhere. Our results highlight the importance of protecting limestone habitats to preserve not only their interspecific but also intraspecific rodent diversity that is highly threatened as more than 20% of limestone karsts in Thailand have already been quarried. Management plans of limestone, a non-renewable resource, should urgently take into account this high biological importance of karsts.
Keywords: Thailand, rodent diversity, limestone karsts, conservation, Leopoldamys neilli
Blasdell K., Morand S., Chaval Y., Herbreteau V., Douangboupha B., Jittapalapong S., Cosson J.F., Buchy P., 2011. Hantaviruses and the dilution effect in Southeast Asia. BMC Proceedings, 5(Suppl 1): P53.
November, 8-10th 2010 at Institut Mérieux, Vientiane, Lao P.D.R. Detailed program:
14h00 Welcome of participants, Opening
Opening of CERoPath workshop
Session 1: Rodents
First Round table – discussion
Session 2: Parasites/Pathogens
Second Round table – discussion
Session 3: Evolutionary ecology
Third Round table – discussion
Session 4: Landscape and spatial analysis of host-parasite interactions
Fourth Round table – discussion
Session 5: New perspectives, Conservation, human-wildlife-domestic animal interfaces
Fifth Round table – discussion
Conclusion of the workshop by Bounneuang Douangboupha and Serge Morand
Morand S., Cosson J-F. and Blasdell K. Investigating rodent communities to detect hantavirus dilution. Hantavirus workshop. United Kingdom: Liverpool, 29-30/07/2010.
Environmental changes drive the distribution of infectious diseases in the Asia - Western Pacific Region (Chair: Serge Morand, Grant Singleton)
Chabé M., Herbreteau V., Hugot J.P., Chaval Y., Pottier M., Bouzard N., Deruyter L., Dheygere F., Morand S., Dei-Cas E. Pneumocystis occurrence in wild rodents from South-East Asia. XIth International Workshops on Opportunistic Protists (IWOP) – United States: Hilo, Hawaii, 5/08/2010.
This meeting was supported by GREASE network, and the objectives were twofold:
- an overview of ongoing projects, and approaches
- an open discussion on:
Oral presentations :
Morand S. Pathogens-reservoirs in a changing word: how biodiversity sciences meet health. Mekong Health 2010, Lao P.D.R.: Vientiane, 26-28/01/2010.
Herbreteau V., Hinjoy S., Chuxnum T., Laosiritaworn Y., Morand S., Salem G. Spatial perspective of the emergence of rodent-borne diseases in Thailand, United Kingdom: London, 04/11/2009.
Pagès, M., Chaval, Y., Waengsothorn, S., Cosson, JF., Hugot, JP., Morand, S., Michaux, J. Refining the taxonomy of the Rattini tribe: a phylogeny-based delimitation of species boundaries. 12th European Society for Evolutionary Biology. Italy: Turino, 24-29/08/2009 (Poster).
Symposium “Ecological aspects of mammal parasite relationships” (Krasnov B.R. and Morand S.)
Herbreteau V. Spatial epidemiology of leptospirosis epidemics in Thailand, France : Montpellier, 28-29/04/2009.
Chabé M., Herbreteau V., Hugot J.P., Chaval Y., Bouzard N., Deruyter L., Demanche C., Morand S., Dei-Cas E. Pneumocystis occurrence in wild rodents from South-East Asia, France: Paris, 24-28/08/2008.
Frutos R. International MSc and PhD program in Infectious, Vector-borne and Food-borne Diseases. . SCEDSEA Thailand: Bangkok, 10/2008.
Hugot J.P. Global changes in Southeast Asia. . SCEDSEA Thailand: Bangkok, 10/2008.
Morand S, Herbreteau V., Suputtamongkol Y., Jittapalapong S. Environmental changes and host-pathogens distribution patterns. SCEDSEA Thailand: Bangkok, 10/2008.
Frutos R., Morand S., Hugot J.P. New insights on hantaviruses phylogeny: implication for human infection, IXth MEEGID, USA: Irvine, 29/10-01/11/2008.