diversity of ixodes ricinus tick-associated bacterial communities from different forests.nymphal ixodes ricinus ticks (n=180) were collected from three different areas in the netherlands to investigate the effect of forest composition on tick-associated microbial communities. sampled habitats differed in thickness of leaf litter and humus layers and vegetation associations and were located near amsterdam (beech-oak), ede (birch-oak) and veldhoven (birch-oak). analysis of nine 16s rrna gene clone libraries made from individual ticks showed nearest matches with presumed pathogens cand ...200818355299
the woodmouse (apodemus sylvaticus) as a reservoir of tick-transmitted spirochetes (borrelia burgdorferi) in the three widely separated locations in the netherlands, woodmice (apodemus sylvaticus) were trapped, examined for ticks and subjected to xenodiagnosis for the detection of tick-transmitted spirochetes (borrelia burgdorferi). during the spring and summer, an average of 2.4 ixodes larvae/mouse (n = 170) was observed, but the true numbers were probably greater. the numbers of nymphs could be determined more accurately and amounted to 0.46 nymphs/mouse. the percentage of mice that were infected with ...19938219511
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