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This series has ceased.
The last volume published is: Volume 29 (2023).
This series has ceased.
The last volume published is: Volume 138 (2019).
This series has ceased.
The last volume published is: Volume 10 (2009).
Ecology and Control of Vector-borne Diseases aims not only to educate and showcase the latest advances in understanding vector ecology and vector control, but to inspire, promote and stimulate new and innovate ideas.

Past topics in the series have already explored complex and important issues like ticks and Lyme disease, olfaction and emerging vector borne diseases in Europe. Going forward, the series will explore state-of-the-art thinking and science, including game changing technologies and interventions, based on molecular biology and genetics, digital technology and artificial intelligence, study design for efficient and robust evaluation of control tools, social science and the need for multisectoral collaboration. The series will also be tackling some of the biggest issues, including the environment and minimising the use of toxic insecticides, and exploring how climate change and the concept of planetary health, will impact on vector ecology and control.

The importance of vector control
Vector borne diseases account for 17% of all infectious diseases worldwide, causing 700,000 deaths annually. Although we have made significant progress towards understanding vector biology and ecology, vector control is facing many significant challenges. Current control almost entirely relies on insecticides and insecticide-treated bed nets, but many vector species have now developed resistance to insecticides and there is a significant dearth of alternative compounds. As a result of climate change, vectors are expanding their range and we face an ever-increasing and unpredictable threat of outbreaks with possible outcomes we don’t fully understand. Malaria control is at a standstill. There are almost 100 million cases of dengue each year, with more than 3.9 billion people in more than 128 countries at risk. The Zika virus epidemic in 2015, was a wakeup call.

It is time for a revolution in vector control. We need to heighten our understanding of vector biology and ecology and we need a new generation of innovative and novel technologies for vector control that can be implemented quickly. This will include challenging the status quo, pushing boundaries and evaluating and implementing new tools more efficiently.

What we can do
We are living in an exciting point in history. Science has advanced such that we can not only think beyond conventional control methods, new and exciting technologies are on the horizon and have the capacity to transform the vector control landscape. Wiping out vector borne diseases could be a reality in our lifetime.

As scientists continue to innovate and develop better methods in molecular biology, we are beginning to unravel elements of vector biology and ecology that allow the development of potential game changing tools such as gene drive, including CRISPR and Wolbachia. As technology becomes smaller, smarter and more affordable, we are facing a future where the sort of technologies you might have only imagined could be possible in sci-fi movies, is now becoming a reality. Drones are being developed that seek out breeding sites, solar powered traps are being developed with automated vector identification technologies using machine learning. Although there are significant hurdles to overcome, we have the capacity to collect data on a scale never seen before and model it for evidence-based predictions to respond to disease outbreaks. It is probably one of the most exciting times for vector researchers with opportunities to be profoundly impactful.
This series has ceased.
The last volume published is: Volume 4 (2009).
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Do you want to support dairy farmers in adjusting their management regarding the transition period of dairy cows? The book Pathways to health and disease for dairy cows provides veterinarians and farm advisors background information and practical tools. This unique book combines theoretical information with practical tools, and draws crosslinks between six aspects of transition cow biology. The book comprises two parts: an introduction chapter and six study chapters.
The first chapter outlines new ideas about the role of management in dairy farming:
- External conditions, comprising environment and farm management, continuously influence the internal body management of the cow.
- External conditions either support physiology or induce pathophysiology and pathology, for which new definitions are introduced.
- Advisory work on dairy farms must be based on the management of external conditions and not on herd performance data.
The six study chapters focus on the transition period and provide the reader with updated contemporary knowledge on (patho)physiology and pathology, and how they connect with risk factors, preventive measures, and monitoring tools.
Veterinarians and farm advisors must make a professional U-turn to support dairy farmers in solving and preventing disturbances in health and production. This book must be regarded as a start for resetting our traditional view and approach to cow health and disease.
Mosquitoes transmit many of the pathogens that cause zoonotic diseases from wildlife and livestock to people, with devasting consequences for public health. The factors affecting the ecology and evolution of the transmission dynamics of these mosquito-borne pathogens can be revealed using multidisciplinary research approaches. This 7th volume of the ECVD series focuses on the ecological factors that determine the transmission dynamics of mosquito-borne pathogens naturally circulating between animals of different taxa and their importance for human health. The authors revise the current knowledge on the pathogens that affect wildlife, including those maintained in captivity, as well as the use of cutting-edge techniques for the identification of potential vectors of these pathogens. In addition, this volume explores the role of factors related to global change, including changes in landscape use, deforestation and urbanization, as major drivers of the distribution of mosquito vectors and the dynamics of pathogen transmission. Finally, updated information on the approaches used to identify and control mosquito-borne diseases is presented, with a particular focus on those affecting humans. In summary, this book provides an updated review of the different mosquito-borne pathogens affecting animals and their public health relevance.
Life Sciences collection with topics in Animal and Veterinary, Food and Health, Agribusiness and Rural Studies, Agriculture and Environment.
From basic science to practical applications in human and veterinary medicine and nutrition
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For the last 30 years, polyphenols were in the centre of research work worldwide. Silymarin, an extract from a medicinal plant Silybum marianum, also known as milk thistle, has a special place in this group, having been used in human medicine for the management of liver diseases since ancient times. Accumulating scientific evidence indicates that silymarin is characterised by a wide range of protective pharmacological activities and this topic has received tremendous attention in recent years. However, until now there has been no single monograph addressing major questions related to silymarin chemistry, biochemistry and practical applications.
The goal of this book is to provide up to date information about silymarin chemistry, biochemistry and molecular mechanisms of protective actions of this phytochemical with a special emphasis to its vitagene- and transcription factor-modulating properties. Silymarin applications in human diseases, including hepatoprotection, neuroprotection, anti-diabetic, anti-arthritis and other protective activities are reviewed. Immunomodulating, anti-inflammatory, anti-toxic protective activities of silymarin are characterised in detail. Practical applications of silymarin in poultry and animal industry with a special emphasis on its protective roles in gut health maintenance are also presented.
This book will be of practical importance to medical and pharmaceutical scientists, including medical doctors, pharmacists, consultants, etc. as well as to poultry/animal scientists, poultry producers, nutritionists and vets, as well as to students of medical, biological and agricultural backgrounds. It can also be of interest for researchers in areas related to physiology, biochemistry, nutrition and veterinary medicine.
This Book of Abstracts is the main publication of the 74rd Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP). It contains abstracts of the invited papers and contributed presentations of the sessions of EAAP's eleven Commissions: Animal Genetics, Animal Nutrition, Animal Management and Health, Animal Physiology, Cattle Production, Sheep and Goat Production, Pig Production, Horse Production and Livestock Farming Systems, Insects and Precision Livestock Farming.