Thesis / Dissertation

An investigation into the role Toxoplasma gondii may play in the health of the southern brown bandicoot (Isoodon obesulus obesulus) and an assessment of environmental contamination with T. gondii

Amanda Jane Breidahl, Jasmin Hufschmid (ed.)

Published : 2020

Abstract

The southern brown bandicoot (Isoodon obesulus obesulus), a small, ground-dwelling marsupial, is listed as ‘endangered’ under the Australian Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. While many factors contributing to population decline are understood, in particular predation and loss of high-quality, connected habitat, there is a lack of knowledge about other threatening processes, including disease, which has contributed to declines in other small mammal species. Toxoplasma gondii, a protozoan intracellular parasite, excreted into the environment by cats, has been shown to cause clinical disease, including death, in many small and medium sized captive and free-rangin..

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