Incubator or Barrier? Exploring the Links Between Agriculture, Biodiversity and the Spread of Pathogens

September 18, 2023


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5-15 mins
Incubator Or Barrier Exploring The Links Between Agriculture Biodiversity And The Spread Of Pathogens 1
Presented by Michigan News

Many known pathogens, including the virus that caused COVID-19, are thought to have originated within wild animals before crossing over into the human population. When this happens, agriculture is typically blamed for the jump, but University of Michigan researchers have a slightly different argument. U-M ecologist Ivette Perfecto and her team argue that while agriculture may be an incubator for pathogen spread, it could also act as a natural barrier.

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