molecular evidence for host specificity of parasitic nematode microfilariae in some african rainforest we describe, determine the prevalence, and examine the host-specificity of some parasitic nematode microfilariae in selected bird species from west and central africa. we used microscopy to determine the prevalence of microfilariae in 969 host individuals representing 121 rainforest bird species from cameroon, côte d'ivoire and equatorial guinea. thirteen (11%) of these potential host species harboured microfilariae, and 35 individuals (3.6%) were infected. from the 35 infected individuals, ...200516262853
matrix intensification affects body and physiological condition of tropical forest-dependent passerines.matrix land-use intensification is a relatively recent and novel landscape change that can have important influences on the biota within adjacent habitat patches. while there are immediate local changes that it brings about, the influences on individual animals occupying adjacent habitats may be less evident initially. high-intensity land use could induce chronic stress in individuals in nearby remnants, leading ultimately to population declines. we investigated how physiological indicators and ...201526107179
new malaria parasites of the subgenus novyella in african rainforest birds, with remarks on their high prevalence, classification and diagnostics.blood samples from 655 passerine birds were collected in rainforests of ghana and cameroon and examined both by microscopy and polymerase chain reaction (pcr)-based techniques. the overall prevalence of plasmodium spp. was 46.6%, as determined by combining the results of both these diagnostic methods. in comparison to pcr-based diagnostics, microscopic examination of blood films was more sensitive in determining simultaneous infection of plasmodium spp., but both detection methods showed similar ...200919107524
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