A community-ecology framework for understanding vector and vector-borne disease dynamics

Leon Blaustein, Richard S. Ostfeld, Robert D. Holt

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The integration of community ecology into the understanding and management of vectors and vector-borne diseases has largely occurred only recently. This compendium examines a variety of community interactions that can affect vector or vector-borne disease dynamics. They include: the importance of risk of predation, risk of ectoparasatism, competition, interactions of competition with transgenic control, apparent competition mediated through vectors, indirect effects of pesticides, vector diversity, and parasite diversity within a vector. In this paper, we summarize these studies and introduce several additional important questions in need of further exploration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-262
Number of pages12
JournalIsrael Journal of Ecology and Evolution
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2010


  • Release of Insects carrying a Dominant Lethal
  • apparent competition
  • community ecology
  • dilution effect
  • risk of parasitism
  • risk of predation
  • vector-borne disease
  • vectors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology


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