Research suggests that ‘pathogens might not get such an easy ride on their migratory hosts as we might assume.’
“I absolutely could not believe what I was seeing. The snail shell, I thought, was a static structure, hard as rock. How and why would a nematode be in it?”
Humans either accidentally imported the ladybird from different locations or deliberately introduced it into certain ecosystems so the bug could invade them and displace other nuisance-bugs.
In 2005, India, Nepal and Bangladesh launched a joint kala azar elimination initiative to bring down the incidence to less than 1 case per 10,000 people by 2015. That goal has not been reached.
At the end of every month, Janaki Lenin will quickly review interesting recent research on living things.
If the behaviour of our closest relatives can change so dramatically, what are the implications of the parasite’s hold over humans?
The ill-fated arachnids serve their masters well, feeding them and constructing safe houses.