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Meer teken door bosomvorming? : eerste resultaten van tekenvangsten in de Kempen

Wesley Tack (UGent) , Maxime Madder, Lander Baeten (UGent) and Kris Verheyen (UGent)
(2011) NATUUR.FOCUS. 10(4). p.161-165
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At present large areas of northern Belgium are dominated by homogeneous pine stands. However, the current forest management aims at increasing the share of deciduous forests. This creates favourable habitats for the tick Ixodes ricinus, which is Europe’s main vector of Borrelia burgdorferi causing Lyme disease. Considering the threat to human health it is important to know which factors regulate tick abundance. The influence of local habitat and landscape variables was studied by collecting larvae, nymphs and adults at 176 locations in the Campine region. Nymphs infected with B. burgdorferi occurred throughout the study area, which means that the entire region represents an area of risk for Lyme disease. At the forest stand level, the main tree species and shrub cover significantly affected the abundance of all life stages of the tick. The abundance was higher in oak stands compared to pine stands and increased with increasing shrub cover. At the landscape level, a positive effect was found for forest edge length but not for forest cover. These patterns may be explained by the habitat preference of the tick’s main hosts (e.g. Roe Deer). Our results suggest that forest conversion might create more suitable habitats for ticks.
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Ixodes ricinus, schapenteek, bosomvorming, Lyme

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Tack, Wesley, Maxime Madder, Lander Baeten, and Kris Verheyen. 2011. “Meer Teken Door Bosomvorming? : Eerste Resultaten Van Tekenvangsten in De Kempen.” Natuur.focus 10 (4): 161–165.
APA
Tack, W., Madder, M., Baeten, L., & Verheyen, K. (2011). Meer teken door bosomvorming? : eerste resultaten van tekenvangsten in de Kempen. NATUUR.FOCUS, 10(4), 161–165.
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Tack W, Madder M, Baeten L, Verheyen K. Meer teken door bosomvorming? : eerste resultaten van tekenvangsten in de Kempen. NATUUR.FOCUS. 2011;10(4):161–5.
MLA
Tack, Wesley, Maxime Madder, Lander Baeten, et al. “Meer Teken Door Bosomvorming? : Eerste Resultaten Van Tekenvangsten in De Kempen.” NATUUR.FOCUS 10.4 (2011): 161–165. Print.
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  title        = {Meer teken door bosomvorming? : eerste resultaten van tekenvangsten in de Kempen},
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