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Ecological aspects of cattle tick control in central Zambia.

Authors
  • Pegram, R G
  • Lemche, J
  • Chizyuka, H G
  • Sutherst, R W
  • Floyd, R B
  • Kerr, J D
  • McCosker, P J
Type
Published Article
Journal
Medical and veterinary entomology
Publication Date
Jul 01, 1989
Volume
3
Issue
3
Pages
307–312
Identifiers
PMID: 2519677
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

In ecological studies in central Zambia, both climate and ecotype affected population dynamics of tick species. Below average rainfall for several years caused a suppression in numbers of Rhipicephalus appendiculatus Neumann adults. Reduction in rainfall leading to changes in grazing patterns is thought to have been responsible for an increase in numbers of Amblyomma variegatum Fabricius adults in a grassland habitat. There were reasonable correlations between numbers of each tick species on individual hosts over 1 year old. However, there were no relationships between numbers of ticks and bovine lymphocyte antigens (BoLA).

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