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dc.contributor.authorWhyte, Belindaen
dc.contributor.authorRoss, James G.en
dc.contributor.authorBuckley, Hannah L.en
dc.date.accessioned2015-03-23T01:24:29Z
dc.date.available2013-12-06en
dc.date.issued2014en
dc.date.submitted2013-09-12en
dc.identifier.citationWhyte, B.I., Ross, J.G. & Buckley, H. L. (2014). Changes in Australian brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) den site use following density reduction. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 38(1), 147-151.en
dc.identifier.issn0110-6465en
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10182/6502
dc.description.abstractThe den use of possums (Trichosurus vulpecula) may be density dependent, meaning that individuals change their denning behaviour in response to changes in population density. Increases in den use due to changes in density may result in increases in bovine tuberculosis (Mycobacterium bovis; bTB) transmission among possums, as infection has previously been correlated with den use. In this study, the den use of a possum population was monitored in 2011 before and after a density reduction event. Females increased their den use following density reduction, but males did not. However, den use was more dependent on the sex of the individual than density reduction, with males having greater den use than females. A second site of different habitat where density reduction was not carried out was also monitored for den use, in 2012. In contrast to the manipulated site, den use did not differ between monitoring events or possum sex at this site. Possums at this site also had greater den use than possums at the manipulated site. This research suggests that bTB transmission risk may not be uniform among habitats. In addition, to prevent potential increases in transmission risk from bTB-infected possums surviving control, pest control operations should aim to remove the majority of possums in a population.en
dc.format.extent147-151 (5)en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherNew Zealand Ecological Society, Incen
dc.relationThe original publication is available from - New Zealand Ecological Society, Inc - http://newzealandecology.org/nzje/3119en
dc.rights© New Zealand Ecological Society.en
dc.subjectbovine tuberculosisen
dc.subjectcontrol operationsen
dc.subjectdensity-dependent resourcesen
dc.subjectpest speciesen
dc.subjectradio-trackingen
dc.subjectEcologyen
dc.titleChanges in Australian brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) den site use following density reductionen
dc.typeJournal Article
lu.contributor.unitLincoln Universityen
lu.contributor.unitFaculty of Agriculture and Life Sciencesen
lu.contributor.unitDepartment of Pest Management and Conservationen
dc.subject.anzsrc050103 Invasive Species Ecologyen
dc.subject.anzsrc060207 Population Ecologyen
dc.subject.anzsrc0602 Ecologyen
dc.relation.isPartOfNew Zealand Journal of Ecologyen
pubs.issue1en
pubs.organisational-group/LU
pubs.organisational-group/LU/Agriculture and Life Sciences
pubs.organisational-group/LU/Agriculture and Life Sciences/ECOL
pubs.organisational-group/LU/Research Management Office
pubs.organisational-group/LU/Research Management Office/PE20
pubs.organisational-group/LU/Research Management Office/QE18
pubs.publication-statusPublisheden
pubs.publisher-urlhttp://newzealandecology.org/nzje/3119en
pubs.volume38en
lu.identifier.orcid0000-0002-4170-080X
lu.identifier.orcid0000-0001-7413-4704


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