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The effects of sampling method and vegetation type on the estimated abundance of Ixodes ricinus ticks in forests

Wesley Tack UGent, Maxime Madder, Pieter De Frenne UGent, Margot Vanhellemont UGent, Robert Gruwez UGent and Kris Verheyen UGent (2011) EXPERIMENTAL AND APPLIED ACAROLOGY. 54(3). p.285-292
abstract
Estimating the spatial and temporal variation in tick abundance is of great economical and ecological importance. Entire-blanket dragging is the most widely used method to sample free-living ixodid ticks. However, this technique is not equally efficient in different vegetation types. The height and structure of the vegetation under study will not only determine the likelihood of a tick-blanket contact, but will also determine the rate of dislodgement. The purpose of this study was therefore to determine whether the alternative strip-blanket is more effectively in picking up ticks than the standard entire-blanket. Sampling was carried out in four forest understory vegetation types that differed in height and structure on five collection dates between April and September 2008. A total of 8,068 Ixodes ricinus ticks was collected (778 adults, 1,920 nymphs, and 5,370 larvae). The highest numbers of ticks were collected along the forest trails, where the dominant vegetation consisted of short grasses. The lowest numbers of ticks were collected in bracken-fern-dominated sites, where the vegetation seriously hampered tick sampling. Surprisingly, in each vegetation type, significantly more nymphs and adults were collected using the entire-blanket. However, the strip-blanket was more effectively in collecting larvae, especially in dense and tall vegetation.
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Efficiency, Drag sampling, Ixodes ricinus, Ticks, Blanket, RISK, AREA, DAMMINI, TRANSMISSION, DEER, ACARI, IXODIDAE, BORRELIA-BURGDORFERI, LYME-DISEASE
journal title
EXPERIMENTAL AND APPLIED ACAROLOGY
Exp. Appl. Acarol.
volume
54
issue
3
pages
285 - 292
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000292654100007
JCR category
ENTOMOLOGY
JCR impact factor
1.725 (2011)
JCR rank
17/85 (2011)
JCR quartile
1 (2011)
ISSN
0168-8162
DOI
10.1007/s10493-011-9444-6
language
English
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yes
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A1
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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1870650
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1870650
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2011-08-08 17:07:25
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2011-08-11 14:38:05
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  abstract     = {Estimating the spatial and temporal variation in tick abundance is of great economical and ecological importance. Entire-blanket dragging is the most widely used method to sample free-living ixodid ticks. However, this technique is not equally efficient in different vegetation types. The height and structure of the vegetation under study will not only determine the likelihood of a tick-blanket contact, but will also determine the rate of dislodgement. The purpose of this study was therefore to determine whether the alternative strip-blanket is more effectively in picking up ticks than the standard entire-blanket. Sampling was carried out in four forest understory vegetation types that differed in height and structure on five collection dates between April and September 2008. A total of 8,068 Ixodes ricinus ticks was collected (778 adults, 1,920 nymphs, and 5,370 larvae). The highest numbers of ticks were collected along the forest trails, where the dominant vegetation consisted of short grasses. The lowest numbers of ticks were collected in bracken-fern-dominated sites, where the vegetation seriously hampered tick sampling. Surprisingly, in each vegetation type, significantly more nymphs and adults were collected using the entire-blanket. However, the strip-blanket was more effectively in collecting larvae, especially in dense and tall vegetation.},
  author       = {Tack, Wesley and Madder, Maxime and De Frenne, Pieter and Vanhellemont, Margot and Gruwez, Robert and Verheyen, Kris},
  issn         = {0168-8162},
  journal      = {EXPERIMENTAL AND APPLIED ACAROLOGY},
  keyword      = {Efficiency,Drag sampling,Ixodes ricinus,Ticks,Blanket,RISK,AREA,DAMMINI,TRANSMISSION,DEER,ACARI,IXODIDAE,BORRELIA-BURGDORFERI,LYME-DISEASE},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {285--292},
  title        = {The effects of sampling method and vegetation type on the estimated abundance of Ixodes ricinus ticks in forests},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10493-011-9444-6},
  volume       = {54},
  year         = {2011},
}

Chicago
Tack, Wesley, Maxime Madder, Pieter De Frenne, Margot Vanhellemont, Robert Gruwez, and Kris Verheyen. 2011. “The Effects of Sampling Method and Vegetation Type on the Estimated Abundance of Ixodes Ricinus Ticks in Forests.” Experimental and Applied Acarology 54 (3): 285–292.
APA
Tack, W., Madder, M., De Frenne, P., Vanhellemont, M., Gruwez, R., & Verheyen, K. (2011). The effects of sampling method and vegetation type on the estimated abundance of Ixodes ricinus ticks in forests. EXPERIMENTAL AND APPLIED ACAROLOGY, 54(3), 285–292.
Vancouver
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Tack W, Madder M, De Frenne P, Vanhellemont M, Gruwez R, Verheyen K. The effects of sampling method and vegetation type on the estimated abundance of Ixodes ricinus ticks in forests. EXPERIMENTAL AND APPLIED ACAROLOGY. 2011;54(3):285–92.
MLA
Tack, Wesley, Maxime Madder, Pieter De Frenne, et al. “The Effects of Sampling Method and Vegetation Type on the Estimated Abundance of Ixodes Ricinus Ticks in Forests.” EXPERIMENTAL AND APPLIED ACAROLOGY 54.3 (2011): 285–292. Print.