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  • 1.
    Ahlstrom, Christina A.
    et al.
    US Geol Survey, USA.
    van Toor, Mariëlle L.
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Woksepp, Hanna
    Kalmar County Hospital, Sweden.
    Chandler, Jeffrey C.
    USDA APHIS WS, USA.
    Reed, John A.
    US Geol Survey, USA.
    Reeves, Andrew B.
    US Geol Survey, USA.
    Waldenström, Jonas
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Franklin, Alan B.
    USDA APHIS WS, USA.
    Douglas, David C.
    US Geol Survey, USA.
    Bonnedahl, Jonas
    Linköping University, Sweden;Region Kalmar county, Sweden.
    Ramey, Andrew M.
    US Geol Survey, USA.
    Evidence for continental-scale dispersal of antimicrobial resistant bacteria by landfill-foraging gulls2021In: Science of the Total Environment, ISSN 0048-9697, E-ISSN 1879-1026, Vol. 764, p. 1-10, article id 144551Article, review/survey (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Anthropogenic inputs into the environment may serve as sources of antimicrobial resistant bacteria and alter the ecology and population dynamics of synanthropic wild animals by providing supplemental forage. In this study, we used a combination of phenotypic and genomic approaches to characterize antimicrobial resistant indicator bacteria, animal telemetry to describe host movement patterns, and a novel modeling approach to combine information from these diverse data streams to investigate the acquisition and long-distance dispersal of antimicrobial resistant bacteria by landfill-foraging gulls. Our results provide evidence that gulls acquire antimicrobial resistant bacteria from anthropogenic sources, which they may subsequently disperse across and between continents via migratory movements. Furthermore, we introduce a flexible modeling framework to estimate the relative dispersal risk of antimicrobial resistant bacteria in western North America and adjacent areas within East Asia, which may be adapted to provide information on the risk of dissemination of other organisms and pathogens maintained by wildlife through space and time. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  • 2.
    Alam, A. B. M. Sarowar
    et al.
    IUCN Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh..
    Ahmed, Sakib
    IUCN Bangladesh, Bangladesh.
    Azmiri, Kazi Zenifar
    IUCN Bangladesh, Bangladesh.
    Amin, Raquibul
    IUCN Bangladesh, Bangladesh.
    van Toor, Mariëlle L.
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Datta, Ashis Kumar
    Jahangirnagar Univ, Bangladesh.
    Waldenström, Jonas
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Ul Haque, Enam
    Bangladesh Bird Club, Bangladesh.
    Chowdhury, Sayam U.
    Univ Cambridge, UK.
    Population trends and effects of local environmental factors on waterbirds at Tanguar Haor freshwater wetland complex in northeast Bangladesh2023In: Avian Conservation and Ecology - Écologie et conservation des oiseaux, ISSN 1712-6568, E-ISSN 1712-6568, Vol. 18, no 1, article id 18Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Analysis of long-term datasets on bird populations can be used to answer ecological and management questions that are useful for conservation. Tanguar Haor (9500 ha) is one of the major freshwater wetlands in Bangladesh and supports a large number of migratory and resident waterbirds. Because of its unique ecological and economic values, it is arguably the most notable wetland in the floodplains of northeast Bangladesh and in the region. This Ramsar site supports globally important populations of threatened waterbirds, such as the Baer's Pochard Aythya baeri, Common Pochard Aythya ferina, Falcated Duck Mareca falcata, Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca, Oriental Darter Anhinga melanogaster, and Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa. Considering the international significance of this site, knowledge gaps on waterbird population trends, and key ecological factors, we conducted waterbird census between 2008 and 2021 to identify priority sites for conservation, population trends of resident and migratory waterbirds, and environmental factors that influence their abundances. We recorded a total of 69 species of waterbirds (maximum count of 166,788 individuals in 2013) and assessed population trends of 47 species. Of these, peak counts of 15 species exceeded the 1% threshold of their Asian-Australian Flyway population estimates. Most species (59%) showed a declining trend, including the critically endangered Baer's Pochard and the vulnerable Common Pochard, and 16 species (41%) showed an increasing trend. Based on the abundance and species diversity, we have identified Chotainna beel and Lechuamara beel as conservation priority sites within the Haor complex and discuss key threats to these areas. We also offer evidence that adjusting water-level management to annual rainfall patterns could be a useful intervention for waterbird management. Involving local communities in conservation efforts by creating bird sanctuaries within the Haor complex will strengthen waterbird conservation in the country and along the East Asian-Australian Flyway.

  • 3.
    Andersson, Martin O.
    et al.
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Tolf, Conny
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Tamba, Paula
    Inst Diag & Anim Hlth, Romania.
    Stefanache, Mircea
    PAUMI VET Private Vet Clin, Romania.
    Radbea, Gabriel
    Sal Vet Private Vet Clin, Romania.
    Frangoulidis, Dimitrios
    Bundeswehr Inst Microbiol, Germany.
    Tomaso, Herbert
    Friedrich Loeffler Inst, Germany.
    Waldenström, Jonas
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Dobler, Gerhard
    Bundeswehr Inst Microbiol, Germany;German Ctr Infect Res DZIF Partner Munich, Germany.
    Chitimia-Dobler, Lidia
    Inst Diag & Anim Hlth, Romania;Bundeswehr Inst Microbiol, Germany;German Ctr Infect Res DZIF Partner Munich, Germany.
    Molecular survey of neglected bacterial pathogens reveals an abundant diversity of species and genotypes in ticks collected from animal hosts across Romania2018In: Parasites & Vectors, E-ISSN 1756-3305, Vol. 11, article id 144Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Ticks are transmitting a wide range of bacterial pathogens that cause substantial morbidity and mortality in domestic animals. The full pathogen burden transmitted by tick vectors is incompletely studied in many geographical areas, and extensive studies are required to fully understand the diversity and distribution of pathogens transmitted by ticks. Results: We sampled 824 ticks of 11 species collected in 19 counties in Romania. Ticks were collected mainly from dogs, but also from other domestic and wild animals, and were subjected to molecular screening for pathogens. Rickettsia spp. was the most commonly detected pathogen, occurring in 10.6% (87/824) of ticks. Several species were detected: Rickettsia helvetica, R. raoultii, R. massiliae, R. monacensis, R. slovaca and R. aeschlimannii. A single occurrence of the zoonotic bacterium Bartonella vinsonii berkhoffii was detected in a tick collected from a dog. Anaplasma phagocytophilum occurred in four samples, and sequences similar to Anaplasma marginale/ovis were abundant in ticks from ruminants. In addition, molecular screening showed that ticks from dogs were carrying an Ehrlichia species identical to the HF strain as well as the enigmatic zoonotic pathogen "Candidatus Neoehrlichia mikurensis". An organism similar to E. chaffeensis or E. muris was detected in an Ixodes ricinus collected from a fox. Conclusions: We describe an abundant diversity of bacterial tick-borne pathogens in ticks collected from animal hosts in Romania, both on the level of species and genotypes/strains within these species. Several findings were novel for Romania, including Bartonella vinsonii subsp. berkhoffii that causes bacteremia and endocarditis in dogs. "Candidatus Neoehrlichia mikurensis" was detected in a tick collected from a dog. Previously, a single case of infection in a dog was diagnosed in Germany. The results warrant further studies on the consequences of tick-borne pathogens in domestic animals in Romania.

  • 4.
    Andersson, Martin O.
    et al.
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Tolf, Conny
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Tamba, Paula
    Inst Diag & Anim Hlth, Romania.
    Stefanache, Mircea
    PAUMI VET Private Vet Clin, Romania.
    Radbea, Gabriel
    Sal Vet Private Vet Clin, Romania.
    Rubel, Franz
    Univ Vet Med Vienna, Austria.
    Waldenström, Jonas
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Dobler, Gerhard
    German Ctr Infect Res DZIF Partner Munich, Germany.
    Chitimia-Dobler, Lidia
    Inst Diag & Anim Hlth, Romania ; German Ctr Infect Res DZIF Partner Munich, Germany.
    Babesia, Theileria, and Hepatozoon species in ticks infesting animal hosts in Romania2017In: Parasitology Research, ISSN 0932-0113, E-ISSN 1432-1955, Vol. 116, no 8, p. 2291-2297Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Babesia spp., Theileria spp., and Hepatozoon spp. are tick-transmitted apicomplexan parasites that cause several important diseases in animals. To increase current knowledge about the diversity of tick-transmitted pathogens in Romania, we investigated the occurrence of Babesia spp., Theileria spp., and Hepatozoon spp. in a wide range of tick species infesting animal hosts. We collected 852 ticks from 10 different animal species from 20 counties in Romania. The assessment was based on detection of parasite DNA by PCR. Five different apicomplexan parasite species were detected; among them three different species of Babesia: B. canis, B. microti, and B. ovis. Hepatozoon canis was the most frequently detected parasite, found predominately in Ixodes ricinus ticks collected from domestic dogs. It was also detected in I. ricinus collected from goat, fox, and cat. Furthermore, H. canis was found in Haemaphysalis punctata and Haemaphysalis concinna ticks. In addition, Theileria buffeli was detected in Rhipicephalus bursa ticks collected from cattle.

  • 5.
    Andersson, Martin O.
    et al.
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Tolf, Conny
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Tamba, Paula
    Institute for Diagnosis and Animal Health, Romania.
    Stefanache, Mircea
    PAUMI-VET Private Veterinary Clinics, Romania.
    Waldenström, Jonas
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Dobler, Gerhard
    German Center for Infection Research, Germany.
    Chitimia-Dobler, Lidia
    German Center for Infection Research, Germany.
    Canine tick-borne diseases in pet dogs from Romania2017In: Parasites & Vectors, E-ISSN 1756-3305, Vol. 10, article id 2092Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Tick-borne diseases are of substantial concern worldwide for animals as well as humans. Dogs have been a human companion for millennia, and their significant impact on human life renders disease in dogs to be of great concern. Tick-borne diseases in dogs represent a substantial diagnostic challenge for veterinarians in that clinical signs are often diffuse and overlapping. In addition, co-infections with two or more pathogens enhance this problem further. Molecular methods are useful to disentangle co-infections and to accurately describe prevalence and geographical distribution of tick-borne diseases. At this point, this information is lacking in many areas worldwide. Romania is one such area, where prevalence and distribution of several important pathogens need to be further investigated. To address this, we screened blood samples from 96 sick dogs with molecular methods for eight different pathogens including Babesia spp., Theileria spp., Hepatozoon spp., Anaplasma spp., Ehrlichia spp., "Candidatus Neoehrlichia mikurensis", Mycoplasma spp., and Borrelia spp. Results: As many as 45% (43/ 96) of the dogs in the study were infected with protozoan parasites. Babesia canis was the most frequent of these (28 infected dogs), whereas Hepatozoon canis was detected in 15% (14/ 96) and Babesia gibsoni was found in a single sample. Bacterial infection with Mycoplasma spp. occurred in 18% (17/ 96) of the sampled dogs. Obtained bacterial sequences revealed the occurrence of two species: Mycoplasma canis and "Candidatus Mycoplasma haematoparvum". In several cases co-infection with protozoan parasites and Mycoplasma sp. were detected. All dogs were negative for Anaplasma spp., Ehrlichia spp., "Ca. Neoehrlichia mikurensis", and for Borrelia spp. Conclusions: The results from the present study reinforce the notion that Babesia canis is an important pathogen in the Romanian dog population. However, more surprisingly, another protozoan species, H. canis, seems to be infecting dogs to a larger extent than previously recognized in Romania. Well-known tick-borne bacterial disease agents such as Anaplasma spp. and Borrelia spp. were not detected. In contrast, less wellstudied bacteria such as hemotropic Mycoplasma spp. were detected frequently. Moreover, co-infection might aggravate disease and complicate diagnosis and should be further studied in dogs.

  • 6.
    Andersson, Martin O.
    et al.
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Vichova, Bronislava
    Slovak Acad Sci, Slovakia.
    Tolf, Conny
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Krzyzanowska, Sandra
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Waldenström, Jonas
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Karlsson, Maria E.
    Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
    Co-infection with Babesia divergens and Anaplasma phagocytophilum in cattle (Bos taurus), Sweden2017In: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases, ISSN 1877-959X, E-ISSN 1877-9603, Vol. 8, no 6, p. 933-935Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Babesiosis is a severe disease in cattle worldwide. In Europe, the main causative agent of bovine babesiosis is Babesia divergens. In some areas, this species is reported to have declined or even disappeared, and its etiological role overtaken by other piroplasmid species. Moreover, co-infection with other tick-transmitted pathogens can be expected to complicate diagnosis in cattle. Hence, molecular identification of the causative agent of babesiosis should be a priority. Therefore, samples from 71 domestic cattle, 39 with clinical signs of babesiosis and 32 without, from southern Sweden were screened for Babesia spp. and Anaplasma spp. using molecular methods Babesia divergens was detected in 38 of the samples, and Anaplasma phagocytophilum in 17. Co-infections with both pathogens were frequent, occurring in 18% of the animals with a B. divergens infection. The possibility of co-infection should be considered in diagnosis and treatment of bovine babesiosis.

  • 7.
    Ardiles-Villegas, Karen
    et al.
    Universidad de Concepción, Chile.
    González-Acuña, Daniel
    Universidad de Concepción, Chile.
    Waldenström, Jonas
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Science and Engineering, School of Natural Sciences.
    Olsen, Björn
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Science and Engineering, School of Natural Sciences. Uppsala University.
    Hernandez, Jorge
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Science and Engineering, School of Natural Sciences. Uppsala University.
    Antibiotic resistance patterns in fecal bacteria isolated from Christmas shearwater (Puffinus nativitatis) and masked booby (Sula dactylatra) at remote Easter Island2011In: Avian diseases, ISSN 0005-2086, E-ISSN 1938-4351, Vol. 55, no 3, p. 486-489Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Antibiotic use and its implications have been discussed extensively in the past decades. This situation has global consequences when antibiotic resistance becomes widespread in the intestinal bacterial flora of stationary and migratory birds. This study investigated the incidence of fecal bacteria and general antibiotic resistance, with special focus on extended spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL) isolates, in two species of seabirds at remote Easter Island. We identified 11 species of bacteria from masked booby (Sula dactylatra) and Christmas shearwater (Puffinus nativitatis); five species of gram-negative bacilli, four species of Streptococcus (Enterococcus), and 2 species of Staphylococcus. In addition, 6 types of bacteria were determined barely to the genus level. General antibiotic susceptibility was measured in the 30 isolated Enterobacteriaceae to 11 antibiotics used in human and veterinary medicine. The 10 isolates that showed a phenotypic ESBL profile were verified by clavulanic acid inhibition in double mixture discs with cefpodoxime, and two ESBL strains were found, one strain in masked booby and one strain in Christmas shearwater. The two bacteria harboring the ESBL type were identified as Serratia odorifera biotype 1, which has zoonotic importance. Despite minimal human presence in the masked booby and Christmas shearwater habitats, and the extreme geographic isolation of Easter Island, we found several multiresistant bacteria and even two isolates with ESBL phenotypes. The finding of ESBLs has animal and public health significance and is of potential concern, especially because the investigation was limited in size and indicated that antibiotic-resistant bacteria now are distributed globally.

  • 8.
    Atterby, Clara
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Mourkas, Evangelos
    Uppsala University, Sweden;Univ Bath, UK.
    Meric, Guillaume
    Univ Bath, UK.
    Pascoe, Ben
    Univ Bath, UK;MRC CLIMB Consortium, UK.
    Wang, Helen
    Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Waldenström, Jonas
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Sheppard, Samuel K.
    Univ Bath, UK;MRC CLIMB Consortium, UK.
    Olsen, Björn
    Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Jarhult, Josef D.
    Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Ellström, Patrik
    Uppsala University, Sweden.
    The Potential of Isolation Source to Predict Colonization in Avian Hosts: A Case Study in Campylobacter jejuni Strains From Three Bird Species2018In: Frontiers in Microbiology, E-ISSN 1664-302X, Vol. 9, article id 591Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Campylobacter jejuni is the primary cause of bacterial gastroenteritis worldwide, infecting humans mostly through consumption of contaminated poultry. C. jejuni is common in the gut of wild birds, and shows distinct strain-specific association to particular bird species. This contrasts with farm animals, in which several genotypes co-exist. It is unclear if the barriers restricting transmission between host species of such specialist strains are related to environmental factors such as contact between host species, bacterial survival in the environment, etc., or rather to strain specific adaptation to the intestinal environment of specific hosts. We compared colonization dynamics in vivo between two host-specific C. jejuni from a song thrush (ST-1304 complex) and a mallard (ST-995), and a generalist strain from chicken (ST-21 complex) in a wild host, the mallard (Anas platyrhynchos). In 18-days infection experiments, the song thrush strain showed only weak colonization and was cleared from all birds after 10 days, whereas both mallard and chicken strains remained stable. When the chicken strain was given 4 days prior to co-infection of the same birds with a mallard strain, it was rapidly outcompeted by the latter. In contrast, when the mallard strain was given 4 days prior to co-infection with the chicken strain, the mallard strain remained and expansion of the chicken strain was delayed. Our results suggest strain-specific differences in the ability of C. jejuni to colonize mallards, likely associated with host origin. This difference might explain observed host association patterns in C. jejuni from wild birds.

  • 9.
    Avril, Alexis
    et al.
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Grosbois, Vladimir
    CIRAD, France.
    Latorre-Margalef, Neus
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science. Univ Georgia, USA.
    Gaidet, Nicolas
    CIRAD, France.
    Tolf, Conny
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Olsen, Björn
    Uppsala University.
    Waldenström, Jonas
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Capturing individual-level parameters of influenza A virus dynamics in wild ducks using multistate models2016In: Journal of Applied Ecology, ISSN 0021-8901, E-ISSN 1365-2664, Vol. 53, no 4, p. 1289-1297Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Disease prevalence in wildlife is governed by epidemiological parameters (infection and recovery rates) and response to infection, both of which vary within and among individual hosts. Studies quantifying these individual-scale parameters and documenting their source of variation in wild hosts are fundamental for predicting disease dynamics. Such studies do not exist for the influenza A virus (IAV), despite its strong impact on the global economy and public health. Using capture-recaptures of 3500 individual mallards Anas platyrhynchos during seven migration seasons at a stopover site in southern Sweden, we provide the first empirical description of the individual-based mechanisms of IAV dynamics in a wild reservoir host. For most years, prevalence and risk of IAV infection peaked at a single time during the autumn migration season, but the timing, shape and intensity of the infection curve showed strong annual heterogeneity. In contrast, the seasonal pattern of recovery rate only varied in intensity across years. Adults and juveniles displayed similar seasonal patterns of infection and recovery each year. However, compared to adults, juveniles experienced twice the risk of becoming infected, whereas recovery rates were similar across age categories. Finally, we did not find evidence that infection influenced the timing of emigration.Synthesis and applications. Our study provides robust empirical estimates of epidemiological parameters for predicting influenza A virus (IAV) dynamics. However, the strong annual variation in infection curves makes forecasting difficult. Prevalence data can provide reliable surveillance indicators as long as they catch the variation in infection risk. However, individual-based monitoring of infection is required to verify this assumption in areas where surveillance occurs. In this context, monitoring of captive sentinel birds kept in close contact with wild birds is useful. The fact that infection does not impact the timing of migration underpins the potential for mallards to spread viruses rapidly over large geographical scales. Hence, we strongly encourage IAV surveillance with a multistate capture-recapture approach along the entire migratory flyway of mallards.

  • 10.
    Axelsson Olsson, Diana
    et al.
    University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
    Ellström, Patrik
    University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
    Waldenström, Jonas
    University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
    Haemig, Paul D
    University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
    Brudin, Lars
    Olsen, Björn
    University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
    Acanthamoeba-Campylobacter coculture as a novel method for enrichment of Campylobacter species2007In: Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Vol. 73, no 21, p. 6864-6869Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this study, we present a novel method to isolate and enrich low concentrations of Campylobacter pathogens. This method, Acanthamoeba-Campylobacter coculture (ACC), is based on the intracellular survival and multiplication of Campylobacter species in the free-living protozoan Acanthamoeba polyphaga. Four of the Campylobacter species relevant to humans and livestock, Campylobacter jejuni, C. coli, C. lari, and C. hyointestinalis, were effectively enriched by the coculture method, with growth rates comparable to those observed in other Campylobacter enrichment media. Studying six strains of C. jejuni isolated from different sources, we found that all of the strains could be enriched from an inoculum of fewer than 10 bacteria. The sensitivity of the ACC method was not negatively affected by the use of Campylobacter-selective antibiotics in the culture medium, but these were effective in suppressing the growth of seven different bacterial species added at a concentration of 10(4) CFU/ml of each species as deliberate contamination. The ACC method has advantages over other enrichment methods as it is not dependent on a microaerobic milieu and does not require the use of blood or other oxygen-quenching agents. Our study found the ACC method to be a promising tool for the enrichment of Campylobacter species, particularly from water samples with low bacterial concentrations.

  • 11.
    Axelsson Olsson, Diana
    et al.
    University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
    Olofsson, Jenny
    University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
    Ellström, Patrik
    University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
    Waldenström, Jonas
    University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
    Olsen, Björn
    University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
    A simple method for long-term storage Acanthamoeba species2009In: Parasitology Research, ISSN 0932-0113, E-ISSN 1432-1955, Vol. 104, no 4, p. 935-937Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We present a novel and simple technique for storing live Acanthamoeba for long periods of time. The amoebae are maintained at refrigerator temperatures in a peptone-yeast extract-glucose (PYG) medium normally used for cultivation. Using this method, we obtained survival rates of at least 4 years for Acanthamoeba polyphaga and 3 years for Acanthamoeba castellanii and Acanthamoeba rhysodes. Advantages of this storage method are: (1) it is quick and simple, (2) inexpensive, (3) does not require encystment before storage, (4) resuscitation of cysts can be achieved within a week of culture in PYG medium at 27A degrees C, and does not require co-culture with bacteria or any special equipment.

  • 12.
    Axelsson Olsson, Diana
    et al.
    University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
    Olofsson, Jenny
    University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
    Svensson, Lovisa
    University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
    Ellström, Patrik
    University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
    Waldenström, Jonas
    University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
    Olsen, Björn
    Uppsala University Hospital.
    Campylobacter jejuni acid tolerance increases when co-incubated with amoebae2009Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Although Campylobacter jejuni is a frequent cause of bacterial gastroenteritis, one of the enigmas is how thisfragile organism can survive the transit through the acid milieu of the stomach. C. jejuni is very sensitive to low pH, but cansurvive in moderately acid environment for short periods of time. We have previously shown that C. jejuni can colonize andeven replicate in different species of amoebas, thereby gaining protection from adverse environments.

    Objectives: We evaluated the effects of hydrochloric acid (HCl) on C. jejuni at various pH and time intervals, to study whetherco-cultivation with amoeba influenced C.jejuni acid tolerance. The setup was chosen to mimic the acidified milieu of the humangastrointestinal tract.

    Methods: Cultures of C. jejuni (CCUG 11284) were co-cultured with Acanthamoeba polyphaga in either PBS or tap wateracidified with HCl to pH 1, 2, 3 and 4. We also evaluated different treatments effect on campylobacter survival, by exposingsome bacterial samples to an acid shock and some to a slower acidification process.

    Results and conclusions: We show that C. jejuni can withstand pH below the normal range of survival, when co-cultured withA. polyphaga. C. jejuni co-cultured with amoebae survived acidified conditions at pH 3 for 20 hours and pH 2 for approximately5 hours. We also found a pH increase during the experiment, which correlated with campylobacter survival. These results pointto an unknown mechanism for C.jejuni to survive at low pH levels. This could be in the form of excretion of pH-increasingsubstances and simultaneous chemotaxic orientation towards a protective host. Our results could give one possible explanationto C. jejuni survival through the low pH of the gastrointestinal tract.

  • 13.
    Axelsson Olsson, Diana
    et al.
    University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
    Olofsson, Jenny
    University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
    Svensson, Lovisa
    University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
    Griekspoor, Petra
    University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
    Ellström, Patrik
    University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences. Uppsala University ; Uppsala University Hospital.
    Waldenström, Jonas
    University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
    Olsen, Björn
    University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
    Protozoa as hosts for Campylobacter spp2009Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 14.
    Axelsson Olsson, Diana
    et al.
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Science and Engineering, School of Natural Sciences.
    Olofsson, Jenny
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Science and Engineering, School of Natural Sciences.
    Svensson, Lovisa
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Science and Engineering, School of Natural Sciences.
    Griekspoor, Petra
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Science and Engineering, School of Natural Sciences.
    Waldenström, Jonas
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Science and Engineering, School of Natural Sciences.
    Ellström, Patrik
    Clinical Bacteriology, Department of Medical Sciences, Uppsala University and Uppsala University Hospital, SE-751 85 Uppsala, Sweden.
    Olsen, Björn
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Science and Engineering, School of Natural Sciences.
    Amoebae and algae can prolong the survival of Campylobacter species in co-culture2010In: Experimental parasitology, ISSN 0014-4894, E-ISSN 1090-2449, Vol. 126, p. 59-64Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Several species of free-living amoebae can cause disease in humans. However, in addition to the direct pathogenicity of e.g. Acanthamoebae and Naegleria species, they are recognized as environmental hosts, indirectly involved in the epidemiology of many pathogenic bacteria. Although several studies have demonstrated intracellular survival of many different bacteria in these species, the extent of such interactions as well as the implications for the epidemiology of the bacterial species involved, are largely unknown and probably underestimated. In this study, we evaluated eight different unicellular eukaryotic organisms, for their potential to serve as environmental hosts for Campylobacter species. These organisms include four amoebozoas (Acanthamoeba polyphaga, Acanthamoeba castellanii, Acanthamoeba rhysodes and Hartmanella vermiformis), one alveolate (Tetrahymena pyriformis), one stramenopile (Dinobryon sertularia), one eugoenozoa (Euglena gracilis) and one heterolobosea (Naegleria americana). Campylobacter spp. including Campylobacter jejuni, Campylobacter coli and Campylobacter lari are the most common cause of gastroenteritis in the western world. Survival and replication of these three species as well as Campylobacter hyointestinalis were assessed in co-cultures with the eukaryotic organisms. Campylobacter spp. generally survived longer in co-cultures, compared to when incubated in the corresponding growth media. The eukaryotic species that best promoted bacterial survival was the golden algae D. sertularia. Three species of amoebozoas, of the genus Acanthamoeba promoted both prolonged survival and replication of Campylobacter spp. The high abundance in lakes, ponds and water distribution networks of these organisms indicate that they might have a role in the epidemiology of campylobacteriosis, possibly contributing to survival and dissemination of these intestinal pathogens to humans and other animals. The results suggest that not only C. jejuni, but a variety of Campylobacter spp. can interact with different eukaryotic unicellular organisms.

  • 15.
    Axelsson Olsson, Diana
    et al.
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Science and Engineering, School of Natural Sciences.
    Svensson, Lovisa
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Science and Engineering, School of Natural Sciences.
    Olofsson, Jenny
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Science and Engineering, School of Natural Sciences.
    Salomon, Paulo
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Science and Engineering, School of Natural Sciences.
    Waldenström, Jonas
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Science and Engineering, School of Natural Sciences.
    Ellström, Patrik
    Olsen, Björn
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Science and Engineering, School of Natural Sciences.
    Increase in Acid Tolerance of Campylobacter jejuni through Coincubation with Amoebae2010In: Applied and Environmental Microbiology, ISSN 0099-2240, E-ISSN 1098-5336, Vol. 76, no 13, p. 4194-4200Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Campylobacter jejuni is a recognized and common gastrointestinal pathogen in most parts of the world. Human infections are often food borne, and the bacterium is frequent among poultry and other food animals. However, much less is known about the epidemiology of C. jejuni in the environment and what mechanisms the bacterium depends on to tolerate low pH. The sensitive nature of C. jejuni stands in contrast to the fact that it is difficult to eradicate from poultry production, and even more contradictory is the fact that the bacterium is able to survive the acidic passage through the human stomach. Here we expand the knowledge on C. jejuni acid tolerance by looking at protozoa as a potential epidemiological pathway of infection. Our results showed that when C. jejuni cells were coincubated with Acanthamoeba polyphaga in acidified phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) or tap water, the bacteria could tolerate pHs far below those in their normal range, even surviving at pH 4 for 20 h and at pH 2 for 5 h. Interestingly, moderately acidic conditions (pH 4 and 5) were shown to trigger C. jejuni motility as well as to increase adhesion/internalization of bacteria into A. polyphaga. Taken together, the results suggest that protozoa may act as protective hosts against harsh conditions and might be a potential risk factor for C. jejuni infections. These findings may be important for our understanding of C. jejuni passage through the gastrointestinal tract and for hygiene practices used in poultry settings.

  • 16.
    Axelsson Olsson, Diana
    et al.
    University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
    Waldenström, Jonas
    University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
    Broman, Tina
    Olsen, Björn
    University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
    Holmberg, M
    The protozoan Acanthamoeba polyphaga as a potential reservoir for Campylobacter jejuni2005In: Applied and environmental microbiology, Vol. 71 (2), p. 987-992Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 17.
    Barshep, Yahkat
    et al.
    A.P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute, Nigeria.
    Ottosson, Ulf
    A.P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute, Nigeria.
    Waldenström, Jonas
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Science and Engineering, School of Natural Sciences.
    Hulme, Mark
    British Trust for Ornithology, UK.
    Non-breeding ecology of the Whinchat Saxicola rubetra in Nigeria2012In: Ornis Svecica, ISSN 1102-6812, E-ISSN 2003-2633, Vol. 22, p. 25-32Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study on the non-breeding ecology of the Whinchat Saxicola rubetra was conducted in central Nigeria from February through April. The core site was at Gwafan (N09°53', E08°57'), an open scrubland located 10 km east of the city of Jos. The density of Whinchats at Gwafan was 0.58 individuals/ha, almost three times the overall density around Jos. Time budget observations of colour banded Whinchats, including six birds fitted with radio-transmitters, showed that they spent 80% of their time perching, 11% foraging, 7% preening, and 2% flying. The main method of catching insects was a swoop to the ground. There was no change in perching, preening or flying time but the time some Whinchats spent foraging increased towards the end of the study period. GPS positions of individuals showed that all birds held clearly demarcated territories and defended them against neighbours. Aggressive interactions were also recorded between Whinchats and other bird species. Three birds colour-ringed in 2006 returned to the study site in 2007 and one occupied almost the same territory, indicating site fidelity.

  • 18.
    Bengtsson, Daniel
    et al.
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Andersson, Stina
    Ottenby Bird Observatory, Sweden.
    Hellström, Magnus
    Ottenby Bird Observatory, Sweden.
    Waldenström, Jonas
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Age and sex determination of mallards Anas platyrhynchos in autumn2016In: Ornis Svecica, ISSN 1102-6812, E-ISSN 2003-2633, Vol. 26, p. 61-81Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The mallard is a well-known and important species in migration ecology, game management,and epidemiology. Males and females are generally easily told apart, whereas ageing isproblematic, due to individual timing of the moult cycle and lack of easily defined agecriteria. From examination and photographic documentation of mallards caught within a longtermringing program at Ottenby Bird Observatory (56°12′N, 16°24′E), we describe ninecharacters of plumage and bare parts to be used for ageing mallards in autumn. The reliabilityof these characters was tested by letting experienced bird ringers determine putative age ofbirds from photos. Age determination from any single character proved to be uncertain, as therate of correctly assigned mallard photos of each character was in the range of 51-85% formales and 48-89% for females. For both sexes, the lowest figure represented post-humeralsand the highest represented tertials. Rectrices, tertial coverts, and greater coverts also hadreasonably high scores (71-85%). With all characters at hand, 91% of the males and 95% ofthe females were correctly identified to age. As young mallards, with the progress of prebreedingmoult (completed from October onwards), acquire tail and tertials identical to adults,untypical individuals are better not assigned to an age category.

  • 19.
    Bengtsson, Daniel
    et al.
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Avril, Alexis
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Gunnarsson, Gunnar
    Kristianstad University.
    Elmberg, Johan
    Kristianstad University.
    Söderquist, Pär
    Kristianstad University.
    Norevik, Gabriel
    Ottenby Bird Observatory.
    Tolf, Conny
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Safi, Kamran
    Max Planck Institute for Ornitholology, Germany ; University of Konstanz, Germany.
    Fiedler, Wolfgang
    Max Planck Institute for Ornitholology, Germany ; University of Konstanz, Germany.
    Wikelski, Martin
    Max Planck Institute for Ornitholology, Germany ; University of Konstanz, Germany.
    Olsen, Björn
    Uppsala University.
    Waldenström, Jonas
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Movements, Home-Range Size and Habitat Selection of Mallards during Autumn Migration2014In: PLOS ONE, E-ISSN 1932-6203, Vol. 9, no 6, article id e100764Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) is a focal species in game management, epidemiology and ornithology, but comparably little research has focused on the ecology of the migration seasons. We studied habitat use, time-budgets, home-range sizes, habitat selection, and movements based on spatial data collected with GPS devices attached to wild mallards trapped at an autumn stopover site in the Northwest European flyway. Sixteen individuals (13 males, 3 females) were followed for 15-38 days in October to December 2010. Forty-nine percent (SD = 8.4%) of the ducks' total time, and 85% of the day-time (SD = 28.3%), was spent at sheltered reefs and bays on the coast. Two ducks used ponds, rather than coast, as day-roosts instead. Mallards spent most of the night (76% of total time, SD = 15.8%) on wetlands, mainly on alvar steppe, or in various flooded areas (e.g. coastal meadows). Crop fields with maize were also selectively utilized. Movements between roosting and foraging areas mainly took place at dawn and dusk, and the home-ranges observed in our study are among the largest ever documented for mallards (mean = 6,859 ha; SD = 5,872 ha). This study provides insights into relatively unknown aspects of mallard ecology. The fact that autumn-staging migratory mallards have a well-developed diel activity pattern tightly linked to the use of specific habitats has implications for wetland management, hunting and conservation, as well as for the epidemiology of diseases shared between wildlife and domestic animals.

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  • 20.
    Bengtsson, Daniel
    et al.
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Safi, Kamran
    Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Germany;University of Konstanz, Germany.
    Avril, Alexis
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Fiedler, Wolfgang
    Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Germany;University of Konstanz, Germany.
    Wikelski, Martin
    Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Germany;University of Konstanz, Germany.
    Gunnarsson, Gunnar
    Kristianstad University.
    Elmberg, Johan
    Kristianstad University.
    Tolf, Conny
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Olsen, Björn
    Uppsala University.
    Waldenström, Jonas
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Does influenza A virus infection affect movement behaviour during stopover in its wild reservoir host?2016In: Royal Society Open Science, E-ISSN 2054-5703, Vol. 3, no 2, p. 1-11, article id 150633Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The last decade has seen a surge in research on avian influenza A viruses (IAVs), in part fuelled by the emergence, spread and potential zoonotic importance of highly pathogenic virus subtypes. The mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) is the most numerous and widespread dabbling duck in the world, and one of the most important natural hosts for studying IAV transmission dynamics. In order to predict the likelihood of IAV transmission between individual ducks and to other hosts, as well as between geographical regions, it is important to understand how IAV infection affects the host. In this study, we analysed the movements of 40 mallards equipped with GPS transmitters and three-dimensional accelerometers, of which 20 were naturally infected with low pathogenic avian influenza virus (LPAIV), at a major stopover site in the Northwest European flyway. Movements differed substantially between day and night, as well as between mallards returning to the capture site and those feeding in natural habitats. However, movement patterns did not differ between LPAIV infected and uninfected birds. Hence, LPAIV infection probably does not affect mallard movements during stopover, with high possibility of virus spread along the migration route as a consequence.

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  • 21.
    Bengtsson, Daniel
    et al.
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Waldenström, Jonas
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Avril, Alexis
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Tailwind better than full tank? How weather and body condition affect departure decision in an autumn-staging migrantManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
  • 22.
    Bensch, Hanna
    et al.
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science. Kalahari Res Ctr, South Africa.
    Lundin, Daniel
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Tolf, Conny
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Waldenström, Jonas
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Zöttl, Markus
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science. Kalahari Res Ctr, South Africa.
    Environmental effects rather than relatedness determine gut microbiome similarity in a social mammal2023In: Journal of Evolutionary Biology, ISSN 1010-061X, E-ISSN 1420-9101, Vol. 36, no 12, p. 1753-1760Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In social species, group members commonly show substantial similarity in gut microbiome composition. Such similarities have been hypothesized to arise either by shared environmental effects or by host relatedness. However, disentangling these factors is difficult, because group members are often related, and social groups typically share similar environmental conditions. In this study, we conducted a cross-foster experiment under controlled laboratory conditions in group-living Damaraland mole-rats (Fukomys damarensis) and used 16S amplicon sequencing to disentangle the effects of the environment and relatedness on gut microbiome similarity and diversity. Our results show that a shared environment is the main factor explaining gut microbiome similarity, overshadowing any effect of host relatedness. Together with studies in wild animal populations, our results suggest that among conspecifics environmental factors are more powerful drivers of gut microbiome composition similarity than host genetics.

  • 23.
    Bensch, Hanna
    et al.
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science. Kalahari Res Ctr, South Africa.
    Tolf, Conny
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Waldenström, Jonas
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Lundin, Daniel
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Zöttl, Markus
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science. Kalahari Res Ctr, South Africa.
    Bacteroidetes to Firmicutes: captivity changes the gut microbiota composition and diversity in a social subterranean rodent2023In: Animal Microbiome, E-ISSN 2524-4671, Vol. 5, no 1, article id 9Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BackgroundIn mammals, the gut microbiota has important effects on the health of their hosts. Recent research highlights that animal populations that live in captivity often differ in microbiota diversity and composition from wild populations. However, the changes that may occur when animals move to captivity remain difficult to predict and factors generating such differences are poorly understood. Here we compare the bacterial gut microbiota of wild and captive Damaraland mole-rats (Fukomys damarensis) originating from a population in the southern Kalahari Desert to characterise the changes of the gut microbiota that occur from one generation to the next generation in a long-lived, social rodent species.ResultsWe found a clear divergence in the composition of the gut microbiota of captive and wild Damaraland mole-rats. Although the dominating higher-rank bacterial taxa were the same in the two groups, captive animals had an increased ratio of relative abundance of Firmicutes to Bacteroidetes compared to wild animals. The Amplicon Sequence Variants (ASVs) that were strongly associated with wild animals were commonly members of the same bacterial families as those strongly associated with captive animals. Captive animals had much higher ASV richness compared to wild-caught animals, explained by an increased richness within the Firmicutes.ConclusionWe found that the gut microbiota of captive hosts differs substantially from the gut microbiota composition of wild hosts. The largest differences between the two groups were found in shifts in relative abundances and diversity of Firmicutes and Bacteroidetes.

  • 24.
    Bensch, Hanna
    et al.
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science. Kalahari Research Centre, South Africa.
    Tolf, Conny
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Waldenström, Jonas
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Lundin, Daniel
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Zöttl, Markus
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science. Kalahari Research Centre, South Africa.
    Freeze-drying can replace cold-chains for transport and storage of fecal microbiome samples2022In: PeerJ, E-ISSN 2167-8359, Vol. 10, article id e13095Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: The transport and storage of samples in temperatures of minus 80 °C is commonly considered as the gold standard for microbiome studies. However, studies conducting sample collection at remote sites without a reliable cold-chain would benefit from a sample preservation method that allows transport and storage at ambient temperature.

    Methods: In this study we compare alpha diversity and 16S microbiome composition of 20 fecal sample replicates from Damaraland mole-rats (Fukomys damarensis) preserved in a minus 80 °C freezer and transported on dry ice to freeze-dried samples that were stored and transported in ambient temperature until DNA extraction.

    Results: We found strong correlations between relative abundances of Amplicon Sequence Variants (ASVs) between preservation treatments of the sample, no differences in alpha diversity measures between the two preservation treatments and minor effects of the preservation treatment on beta diversity measures. Our results show that freeze-drying samples can be a useful method for cost-effective transportation and storage of microbiome samples that yields quantitatively almost indistinguishable results in 16S microbiome analyses as those stored in minus 80 °C.

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  • 25.
    Bensch, Hanna
    et al.
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science. Kalahari Research Centre, South Africa.
    Tolf, Conny
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Waldenström, Jonas
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Lundin, Daniel
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Zöttl, Markus
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science. Kalahari Research Centre, South Africa.
    Gut microbiome similarity in wild mole-rats: The effects of shared common descentManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Group members often show high similarity in their gut microbiomes. This is typically attributed to increased social transmission of microbes within social groups and the shared environment. However, despite extensive research on within-group variation in gut microbiomes of wild hosts, between-group variation has remained less explored. Here, we use faecal samples collected from a long-term study population of wild Damaraland mole-rats (Fukomys damarensis) to study within- and between group variation in gut microbiome similarity. We show that overall, group members have more similar gut microbiomes than those of individuals from separate groups. For individuals who had dispersed to become breeders in separate groups, dispersal from the same birth group predicted more similar microbiomes. The birth group affiliation therefore has long lasting effects on the microbiome, which individuals bring with them as they disperse to establish their own groups. Our results also suggest that when these individuals start to breed, their gut microbiome is transferred to their offspring, who show higher microbiome similarity if their parents shared birth groups. Together, we show that the gut microbiome can be transferred over generations and variation between groups can be predicted by the dispersal histories of individuals. Although we also identify some environmental effects on the gut microbiome within the population, our study shows that the gut microbiome can be inherited through shared common descent of the parental generation. Our results help to explain similarities in gut microbiomes within and between groups of social mammals.

  • 26. Bensch, Staffan
    et al.
    Peréz Tris, Javier
    Waldenström, Jonas
    University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
    Hellgren, Olof
    Linkage between nuclear and mitochondrial DNA sequences in avian malaria parasites – multiple cases of cryptic speciation?2004In: Evolution, Vol. 58, p. 1617-1621Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 27. Bensch, Staffan
    et al.
    Waldenström, Jonas
    University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
    Jonzén, Niclas
    Westerdahl, Helena
    Hansson, Bengt
    Sejberg, Douglas
    Hasselquist, Dennis
    Temporal dynamics and diversity of avian malaria in a single host species2007In: Journal of Animal Ecology, ISSN 0021-8790, E-ISSN 1365-2656, Vol. 76, p. 112-122Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 28.
    Blomqvist, Maria
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Christerson, Linus
    Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Waldenström, Jonas
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Science and Engineering, School of Natural Sciences.
    Herrmann, Björn
    Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Olsen, Björn
    Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Chlamydia psittaci in Swedish Wetland Birds: A Risk to Zoonotic Infection?2012In: Avian diseases, ISSN 0005-2086, E-ISSN 1938-4351, Vol. 56, no 4, p. 737-740Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Chlamydia psittaci in birds may be transmitted to humans and cause respiratory infections, sometimes as severe disease. Our study investigated the C. psittaci prevalence in migratory birds in Sweden by real-time PCR. Fecal specimens or cloacal swabs were collected from 497 birds from 22 different species, mainly mallards (Anas platyrhynchos), at two bird observatories in Sweden. DNA from C. psittaci was found in six (1.2%) birds from three different species. Five of the positive specimens were infected with four novel strains of C. psittaci, based on sequencing of partial 16S rRNA gene and ompA gene, and the sixth was indentified as a recently described Chlamydiaceae-like bacterium. Considering exposure to humans it is concluded that the risk of zoonotic infection is low.

  • 29.
    Blomqvist, Maria
    et al.
    Uppsala University.
    Christerson, Linus
    Uppsala University.
    Waldenström, Jonas
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Science and Engineering, School of Natural Sciences.
    Lindberg, Peter
    Swedish Museum of Natural History.
    Helander, Björn
    Gothenburg University.
    Gunnarsson, Gunnar
    Kristianstad University.
    Herrman, Björn
    Uppsala University.
    Olsen, Björn
    Uppsala University.
    Chlamydophila psittaci in birds of prey, Sweden2012In: Infection Ecology & Epidemiology, ISSN 2000-8686, E-ISSN 2000-8686, Vol. 2, article id 8435Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Chlamydia psittaci is an intracellular bacterium primarily causing respiratory diseases in birds but may also be transmitted to other animals, including humans. The prevalence of the pathogen in wild birds in Sweden is largely unknown.

    Methods: DNA was extracted from cloacae swabs and screened for C. psittaci by using a 23S rRNA gene PCR assay. Partial 16S rRNA and ompA gene fragments were sequence determined and phylogenies were analysed by the neighbour-joining method.

    Results and conclusion: The C. psittaci prevalence was 1.3% in 319 Peregrine Falcons and White-tailed Sea Eagles, vulnerable top-predators in Sweden. 16S rRNA and ompA gene analysis showed that novel Chlamydia species, as well as novel C. psittaci strains, are to be found among wild birds.

  • 30. Bonnedahl, Jonas
    et al.
    Broman, Tina
    Waldenström, Jonas
    University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
    Palmgren, Helena
    Niskanen, Taina
    Olsen, Björn
    University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
    In search of human-associated bacterial pathogens in Antarctic wildlife: report from six penguin colonies regularly visited by tourists2005In: Ambio, Vol. 34, p. 424-426Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 31.
    Bonnedahl, Jonas
    et al.
    Uppsala University ; Kalmar County Hospital.
    Drobni, M
    Gauthier-Clerc, M
    Hernandez, Jorge
    Kalmar County Hospital.
    Granholm, S
    Kayser, Y
    Melhus, Å
    Kahlmeter, G
    Waldenström, Jonas
    University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
    Johansson, A
    Olsen, Björn
    University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
    Dissemination of Escherichia coli with CTX-M Type ESBL between Humans and Yellow-Legged Gulls in the South of France2009In: PLOS ONE, E-ISSN 1932-6203, Vol. 4, no Article number: e5958Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

     Extended Spectrum beta-Lactamase (ESBL) producing Enterobacteriaceae started to appear in the 1980s, and have since emerged as some of the most significant hospital-acquired infections with Escherichia coli and Klebsiella being main players. More than 100 different ESBL types have been described, the most widespread being the CTX-M beta-lactamase enzymes (bla(CTX-M) genes). This study focuses on the zoonotic dissemination of ESBL bacteria, mainly CTX-M type, in the southern coastal region of France. We found that the level of general antibiotic resistance in single randomly selected E. coli isolates from wild Yellow-legged Gulls in France was high. Nearly half the isolates (47,1%) carried resistance to one or more antibiotics (in a panel of six antibiotics), and resistance to tetracycline, ampicillin and streptomycin was most widespread. In an ESBL selective screen, 9,4% of the gulls carried ESBL producing bacteria and notably, 6% of the gulls carried bacteria harboring CTX-M-1 group of ESBL enzymes, a recently introduced and yet the most common clinical CTX-M group in France. Multi locus sequence type and phylogenetic group designations were established for the ESBL isolates, revealing that birds and humans share E. coli populations. Several ESBL producing E. coli isolated from birds were identical to or clustered with isolates with human origin. Hence, wild birds pick up E. coli of human origin, and with human resistance traits, and may accordingly also act as an environmental reservoir and melting pot of bacterial resistance with a potential to re-infect human populations.

  • 32.
    Bonnedahl, Jonas
    et al.
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science. Kalmar County Hospital, Sweden.
    Hernandez, Jorge
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science. Uppsala University, Sweden;Kalmar County Hospital, Sweden.
    Stedt, Johan
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Waldenström, Jonas
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Olsen, Bjorn
    Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Drobni, Mirva
    Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Extended-Spectrum beta-Lactamases in Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae in Gulls, Alaska, USA2014In: Emerging Infectious Diseases, ISSN 1080-6040, E-ISSN 1080-6059, Vol. 20, no 5, p. 897-899Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 33. Bonnedahl, Jonas
    et al.
    Olsen, Björn
    University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
    Waldenström, Jonas
    University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
    Broman, Tina
    Jalava, J
    Huovinen, P
    Österblad, Monika
    Antibiotic susceptibility of faecal bacteria in Antarctic penguins2008In: Polar Biology, ISSN 0722-4060, E-ISSN 1432-2056, Vol. 31, p. 759-763Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 34.
    Bonnedahl, Jonas
    et al.
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science. Kalmar County Hospital.
    Stedt, Johan
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Waldenström, Jonas
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Svensson, Lovisa
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Drobni, Mirva
    Uppsala University.
    Olsen, Björn
    Uppsala University.
    Comparison of Extended-Spectrum beta-Lactamase (ESBL) CTX-M Genotypes in Franklin Gulls from Canada and Chile2015In: PLOS ONE, E-ISSN 1932-6203, Vol. 10, no 10, article id e0141315Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Migratory birds have been suggested to contribute to long-distance dispersal of antimicrobial resistant bacteria, but tests of this hypothesis are lacking. In this study we determined resistance profiles and genotypes of ESBL-producing bacteria in randomly selected Escherichia coli from Franklin's gulls (Leucophaeus pipixcan) at breeding sites in Canada and compared with similar data from the gulls' wintering grounds in Chile. Resistant E. coli phenotypes were common, most notably to ampicillin (30.1%) and cefadroxil (15.1%). Furthermore, 17.0% of the gulls in Canada carried ESBL producing bacteria, which is higher than reported from human datasets from the same country. However, compared to gulls sampled in Chile (30.1%) the prevalence of ESBL was much lower. The dominant ESBL variants in Canada were bla(CTX-M-14) and bla(CTX-M-15) and differed in proportions to the data from Chile. We hypothesize that the observed differences in ESBL variants are more likely linked to recent exposure to bacteria from anthropogenic sources, suggesting high local dissemination of resistant bacteria both at breeding and non-breeding times rather than a significant trans-hemispheric exchange through migrating birds.

  • 35. Broman, Tina
    et al.
    Palmgren, Helena
    Bergström, Sven
    Sellin, Mats
    Waldenström, Jonas
    University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
    Danielsson-Tham, Marie-Louise
    Olsen, Björn
    University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
    Campylobacter jejuni in Black-Headed Gulls (Larus ridibundus): prevalence, genotypes, and influence on C. jejuni epidemiology2002In: Journal of Clinical Microbiology, Vol. 40, p. 4594-4602Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 36. Broman, Tina
    et al.
    Waldenström, Jonas
    University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
    Dahlgren, Daniel
    Carlsson, Inger
    Eliasson, Ingvar
    Olsen, Björn
    University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
    Diversities and Similarities in PFGE profiles of Campylobacter jejuni isolated from Migrating Birds and Humans2004In: Journal of Applied Microbiology, Vol. 96, p. 834-843Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 37.
    Caliendo, V
    et al.
    Erasmus MC, Netherlands.
    Lewis, N. S.
    Royal Vet Coll, UK;Anim & Plant Hlth Agcy, UK.
    Pohlmann, A.
    Friedrich Loeffler Inst, Germany.
    Baillie, S. R.
    British Trust Ornithol, UK;European Union Bird Ringing, UK.
    Banyard, A. C.
    Anim & Plant Hlth Agcy, UK.
    Beer, M.
    Friedrich Loeffler Inst, Germany.
    Brown, I. H.
    Anim & Plant Hlth Agcy, UK.
    Fouchier, R. A. M.
    Erasmus MC, Netherlands.
    Hansen, R. D. E.
    Anim & Plant Hlth Agcy, UK.
    Lameris, T. K.
    Royal Netherlands Inst Sea Res, Netherlands.
    Lang, A. S.
    Mem Univ Newfoundland, Canada.
    Laurendeau, S.
    Canadian Food Inspect Agcy, Canada.
    Lung, O.
    Canadian Food Inspect Agcy, Canada.
    Robertson, G.
    Environm & Climate Change Canada, Canada.
    van der Jeugd, H.
    Vogeltrekstn Netherlands Inst Ecol NIOO KNAW, Netherlands.
    Alkie, T. N.
    Canadian Food Inspect Agcy, Canada.
    Thorup, K.
    Univ Copenhagen, Denmark.
    van Toor, Mariëlle L.
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Waldenström, Jonas
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science. Linnaeus University, Linnaeus Knowledge Environments, Water.
    Yason, C.
    Univ Prince Edward Isl, Canada.
    Kuiken, T.
    Erasmus MC, Netherlands.
    Berhane, Y.
    Canadian Food Inspect Agcy, Canada.
    Transatlantic spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 by wild birds from Europe to North America in 20212022In: Scientific Reports, E-ISSN 2045-2322, Vol. 12, no 1, article id 11729Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) viruses of the A/Goose/Guangdong/1/1996 lineage (GsGd), which threaten the health of poultry, wildlife and humans, are spreading across Asia, Europe, Africa and North America but are currently absent from South America and Oceania. In December 2021, H5N1 HPAI viruses were detected in poultry and a free-living gull in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Our phylogenetic analysis showed that these viruses were most closely related to HPAI GsGd viruses circulating in northwestern Europe in spring 2021. Our analysis of wild bird migration suggested that these viruses may have been carried across the Atlantic via Iceland, Greenland/Arctic or pelagic routes. The here documented incursion of HPAI GsGd viruses into North America raises concern for further virus spread across the Americas by wild bird migration.

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  • 38.
    Chapman, Joanne R.
    et al.
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Helin, Anu S.
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Wille, Michelle
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science. Uppsala University.
    Atterby, Clara
    Uppsala University.
    Jarhult, Josef D.
    Uppsala University.
    Fridlund, Jimmy
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Waldenström, Jonas
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    A Panel of Stably Expressed Reference Genes for Real-Time qPCR Gene Expression Studies of Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos)2016In: PLOS ONE, E-ISSN 1932-6203, Vol. 11, no 2, article id e0149454Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Determining which reference genes have the highest stability, and are therefore appropriate for normalising data, is a crucial step in the design of real-time quantitative PCR (qPCR) gene expression studies. This is particularly warranted in non-model and ecologically important species for which appropriate reference genes are lacking, such as the mallard-a key reservoir of many diseases with relevance for human and livestock health. Previous studies assessing gene expression changes as a consequence of infection in mallards have nearly universally used beta-actin and/or GAPDH as reference genes without confirming their suitability as normalisers. The use of reference genes at random, without regard for stability of expression across treatment groups, can result in erroneous interpretation of data. Here, eleven putative reference genes for use in gene expression studies of the mallard were evaluated, across six different tissues, using a low pathogenic avian influenza A virus infection model. Tissue type influenced the selection of reference genes, whereby different genes were stable in blood, spleen, lung, gastrointestinal tract and colon. beta-actin and GAPDH generally displayed low stability and are therefore inappropriate reference genes in many cases. The use of different algorithms (GeNorm and NormFinder) affected stability rankings, but for both algorithms it was possible to find a combination of two stable reference genes with which to normalise qPCR data in mallards. These results highlight the importance of validating the choice of normalising reference genes before conducting gene expression studies in ducks. The fact that nearly all previous studies of the influence of pathogen infection on mallard gene expression have used a single, non-validated reference gene is problematic. The toolkit of putative reference genes provided here offers a solid foundation for future studies of gene expression in mallards and other waterfowl.

  • 39.
    Chapman, Joanne R.
    et al.
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Hellgren, Olof
    Lund University.
    Helin, Anu S.
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Kraus, Robert H. S.
    Univ Konstanz, Germany;Max Planck Inst Ornithology, Germany.
    Cromie, Ruth L.
    Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, UK.
    Waldenström, Jonas
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    The Evolution of Innate Immune Genes: Purifying and Balancing Selection on beta-Defensins in Waterfowl2016In: Molecular biology and evolution, ISSN 0737-4038, E-ISSN 1537-1719, Vol. 33, no 12, p. 3075-3087Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In disease dynamics, high immune gene diversity can confer a selective advantage to hosts in the face of a rapidly evolving and diverse pathogen fauna. This is supported empirically for genes involved in pathogen recognition and signalling. In contrast, effector genes involved in pathogen clearance may be more constrained. beta-Defensins are innate immune effector genes; their main mode of action is via disruption of microbial membranes. Here, five beta-defensin genes were characterized in mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) and other waterfowl; key reservoir species for many zoonotic diseases. All five genes showed remarkably low diversity at the individual-, population-, and species-level. Furthermore, there was widespread sharing of identical alleles across species divides. Thus, specific beta-defensin alleles were maintained not only spatially but also over long temporal scales, with many amino acid residues being fixed across all species investigated. Purifying selection to maintain individual, highly efficacious alleles was the primary evolutionary driver of these genes in waterfowl. However, we also found evidence for balancing selection acting on the most recently duplicated beta-defensin gene (AvBD3b). For this gene, we found that amino acid replacements were more likely to be radical changes, suggesting that duplication of beta-defensin genes allows exploration of wider functional space. Structural conservation to maintain function appears to be crucial for avian beta-defensin effector molecules, resulting in low tolerance for new allelic variants. This contrasts with other types of innate immune genes, such as receptor and signalling molecules, where balancing selection to maintain allelic diversity has been shown to be a strong evolutionary force.

  • 40.
    Chapman, Joanne R.
    et al.
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Waldenström, Jonas
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    With Reference to Reference Genes: A Systematic Review of Endogenous Controls in Gene Expression Studies2015In: PLOS ONE, E-ISSN 1932-6203, Vol. 10, no 11, article id e0141853Article, review/survey (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The choice of reference genes that are stably expressed amongst treatment groups is a crucial step in real-time quantitative PCR gene expression studies. Recent guidelines have specified that a minimum of two validated reference genes should be used for normalisation. However, a quantitative review of the literature showed that the average number of reference genes used across all studies was 1.2. Thus, the vast majority of studies continue to use a single gene, with beta-actin (ACTB) and/or glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH) being commonly selected in studies of vertebrate gene expression. Few studies (15%) tested a panel of potential reference genes for stability of expression before using them to normalise data. Amongst studies specifically testing reference gene stability, few found ACTB or GAPDH to be optimal, whereby these genes were significantly less likely to be chosen when larger panels of potential reference genes were screened. Fewer reference genes were tested for stability in non-model organisms, presumably owing to a dearth of available primers in less well characterised species. Furthermore, the experimental conditions under which real-time quantitative PCR analyses were conducted had a large influence on the choice of reference genes, whereby different studies of rat brain tissue showed different reference genes to be the most stable. These results highlight the importance of validating the choice of normalising reference genes before conducting gene expression studies.

  • 41. Christersson, Linus
    et al.
    Blomqvist, Maria
    Grannas, Karin
    Thollesson, Mikael
    Laroucau, Karine
    Waldenström, Jonas
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Science and Engineering, School of Natural Sciences.
    Eliasson, Ingvar
    Olsen, Björn
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Science and Engineering, School of Natural Sciences.
    Herrmann, Björn
    A novel Chlamydiaceae-like bacterium found in fecal specimens from sea birds from the Bering Sea.2010In: Environmental Microbiology Reports, ISSN 1758-2229, E-ISSN 1758-2229, Vol. 2, no 4, p. 605-610Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The family Chlamydiaceae contains several bacterial pathogens of important human and veterinary medical concern, such as Chlamydia trachomatis and Chlamydophila psittaci. Within the order Chlamydiales there are also an increasing number of chlamydia-like bacteria whose biodiversity, host range and environmental spread seem to have been largely underestimated, and which are currently being investigated for their potential medical relevance. In this study we present 16S rRNA, rnpB and ompA gene sequence data congruently indicating a novel chlamydia-like bacterium found in faecal specimens from opportunistic fish-eating sea birds, belonging to the Laridae and Alcidae families, from the Bering Sea. This novel bacterium appears to be closer to the Chlamydiaceae than other chlamydia-like bacteria and is most likely a novel genus within the Chlamydiaceae family.

  • 42.
    Cody, Alison J.
    et al.
    Univ Oxford, UK.
    McCarthy, Noel D.
    Univ Oxford,UK;Hlth Protect Agcy, UK;Univ Warwick, UK;Univ Oxford, UK.
    Bray, James E.
    Univ Oxford, UK.
    Wimalarathna, Helen M. L.
    Univ Oxford, UK.
    Colles, Frances M.
    Univ Oxford, UK.
    van Rensburg, Melissa J. Jansen
    Univ Oxford, UK.
    Dingle, Kate E.
    Univ Oxford, UK.
    Waldenström, Jonas
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Maiden, Martin C. J.
    Univ Oxford, UK.
    Wild bird-associated Campylobacter jejuni isolates are a consistent source of human disease, in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom2015In: Environmental Microbiology Reports, ISSN 1758-2229, E-ISSN 1758-2229, Vol. 7, no 5, p. 782-788Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The contribution of wild birds as a source of human campylobacteriosis was investigated in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom (UK) over a 10 year period. The probable origin of human Campylobacter jejuni genotypes, as described by multilocus sequence typing, was estimated by comparison with reference populations of isolates from farm animals and five wild bird families, using the STRUCTURE algorithm. Wild bird-attributed isolates accounted for between 476 (2.1%) and 543 (3.5%) cases annually. This proportion did not vary significantly by study year (P=0.934) but varied seasonally, with wild bird-attributed genotypes comprising a greater proportion of isolates during warmer compared with cooler months (P=0.003). The highest proportion of wild bird-attributed illness occurred in August (P<0.001), with a significantly lower proportion in November (P=0.018). Among genotypes attributed to specific groups of wild birds, seasonality was most apparent for Turdidae-attributed isolates, which were absent during cooler, winter months. This study is consistent with some wild bird species representing a persistent source of campylobacteriosis, and contributing a distinctive seasonal pattern to disease burden. If Oxfordshire is representative of the UK as a whole in this respect, these data suggest that the national burden of wild bird-attributed isolates could be in the order of 10000 annually.

  • 43.
    Elfving, Karin
    et al.
    Uppsala University Hospital ; Falu Hospital.
    Olsen, Björn
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Science and Engineering, School of Natural Sciences. Uppsala University Hospital.
    Bergström, Sven
    Umeå University.
    Waldenström, Jonas
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Science and Engineering, School of Natural Sciences. Uppsala University Hospital.
    Lundkvist, Åke
    Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control.
    Sjöstedt, Anders
    Umeå University Hospital.
    Mejlon, Hans
    Uppsala University.
    Nilsson, Kenneth
    Uppsala University Hospital ; Falu Hospital ; Uppsala University.
    Dissemination of Spotted Fever Rickettsia Agents in Europe by Migrating Birds2010In: PLOS ONE, E-ISSN 1932-6203, Vol. 5, no 1, article id e8572Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Migratory birds are known to play a role as long-distance vectors for many microorganisms. To investigate whether this is true of rickettsial agents as well, we characterized tick infestation and gathered ticks from 13,260 migratory passerine birds in Sweden. A total of 1127 Ixodes spp. ticks were removed from these birds and the extracted DNA from 957 of them was available for analyses. The DNA was assayed for detection of Rickettsia spp. using real-time PCR, followed by DNA sequencing for species identification. Rickettsia spp. organisms were detected in 108 (11.3%) of the ticks. Rickettsia helvetica, a spotted fever rickettsia associated with human infections, was predominant among the PCR-positive samples. In 9 (0.8%) of the ticks, the partial sequences of 17kDa and ompB genes showed the greatest similarity to Rickettsia monacensis, an etiologic agent of Mediterranean spotted fever-like illness, previously described in southern Europe as well as to the Rickettsia sp. IrITA3 strain. For 15 (1.4%) of the ticks, the 17kDa, ompB, gltA and ompA genes showed the greatest similarity to Rickettsia sp. strain Davousti, Rickettsia japonica and Rickettsia heilongjiangensis, all closely phylogenetically related, the former previously found in Amblyomma tholloni ticks in Africa and previously not detected in Ixodes spp. ticks. The infestation prevalence of ticks infected with rickettsial organisms was four times higher among ground foraging birds than among other bird species, but the two groups were equally competent in transmitting Rickettsia species. The birds did not seem to serve as reservoir hosts for Rickettsia spp., but in one case it seems likely that the bird was rickettsiemic and that the ticks had acquired the bacteria from the blood of the bird. In conclusion, migratory passerine birds host epidemiologically important vector ticks and Rickettsia species and contribute to the geographic distribution of spotted fever rickettsial agents and their diseases.

  • 44.
    Ellström, Patrik
    et al.
    University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
    Jourdain, Elsa
    University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
    Gunnarsson, Oskar
    University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
    Waldenström, Jonas
    University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
    Olsen, Björn
    University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
    The ”human influenza receptor” Neu5Ac alpha 2,6Gal is expressed among different taxa of wild birds2009In: Archives of Virology, ISSN 0304-8608, E-ISSN 1432-8798, Vol. 154, no 9, p. 1533-1537Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 45.
    Ellström, Patrik
    et al.
    University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
    Latorre-Margalef, Neus
    University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
    Griekspoor, Petra
    University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
    Waldenström, Jonas
    University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
    Olofsson, Jenny
    University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
    Wahlgren, John
    Ctr Microbiol Preparedness KCB, Swedish Inst Infect Dis Control SMI, SE-17182 Solna, Sweden.
    Olsen, Björn
    University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
    Sampling for low-pathogenic avian influenza A virus in wild Mallard ducks: Oropharyngeal versus cloacal swabbing2008In: Vaccine, ISSN 0264-410X, E-ISSN 1873-2518, Vol. 26, no 35, p. 4414-4416Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 46.
    Elmberg, Johan
    et al.
    Kristianstad University.
    Berg, Charlotte
    Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
    Lerner, Henrik
    Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College.
    Waldenström, Jonas
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Hessel, Rebecca
    Kristianstad University.
    Potential disease transmission from wild geese and swans to livestock, poultry and humans: a review of the scientific literature from a One Health perspective2017In: Infection Ecology & Epidemiology, ISSN 2000-8686, E-ISSN 2000-8686, Vol. 7, no 1, p. 1-21, article id 1300450Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    There are more herbivorous waterfowl (swans and geese) close to humans, livestock and poultry than ever before. This creates widespread conflict with agriculture and other human interests, but also debate about the role of swans and geese as potential vectors of disease of relevance for human and animal health. Using a One Health perspective, we provide the first comprehensive review of the scientific literature about the most relevant viral, bacterial, and unicellular pathogens occurring in wild geese and swans. Research thus far suggests that these birds may play a role in transmission of avian influenza virus, Salmonella, Campylobacter, and antibiotic resistance. On the other hand, at present there is no evidence that geese and swans play a role in transmission of Newcastle disease, duck plague, West Nile virus, Vibrio, Yersinia, Clostridium, Chlamydophila, and Borrelia. Finally, based on present knowledge it is not possible to say if geese and swans play a role in transmission of Escherichia coli, Pasteurella, Helicobacter, Brachyspira, Cryptosporidium, Giardia, and Microsporidia. This is largely due to changes in classification and taxonomy, rapid development of identification methods and lack of knowledge about host specificity. Previous research tends to overrate the role of geese and swans as disease vectors; we do not find any evidence that they are significant transmitters to humans or livestock of any of the pathogens considered in this review. Nevertheless, it is wise to keep poultry and livestock separated from small volume waters used by many wild waterfowl, but there is no need to discourage livestock grazing in nature reserves or pastures where geese and swans are present. Under some circumstances it is warranted to discourage swans and geese from using wastewater ponds, drinking water reservoirs, and public beaches. Intensified screening of swans and geese for AIV, West Nile virus and anatid herpesvirus is warranted.

  • 47.
    Engvall, Emma
    et al.
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Waldenström, Jonas
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Hentati-Sundberg, Jonas
    Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden.
    Diet and prey size preference in Razorbills Alca torda breeding at Stora Karlsö, Sweden; [Vilken typ och storlek av bytesdjur föredrar häckande tordmular Alca torda vid Stora Karlsö?]2022In: Ornis Svecica, ISSN 1102-6812, E-ISSN 2003-2633, Vol. 32, p. 87-98Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The Razorbill Alca torda is one of three auk species breeding in Sweden, often occurring in colonies with Common Guillemot Uria aalge. The largest colony in the Baltic Sea is situated on the island Stora Karlsö west of Gotland. During the chick-rearing phase, Razorbills forage at sea and return to feed the young with single or multiple prey carried sideways in the bill, unlike Common Guillemots that carry a single fish in the middle of the bill. Clupeids, especially sprat Sprattus sprattus, are the main prey of Baltic Sea Razorbills, but studies are scarce. Here, we investigate the diet preference of Razorbills at Stora Karlsö with regard to prey taxonomy and size, analysing photographs and applying morphometric equations. We show that most feeding attempts involved a single clupeid (88% of known fish taxonomy), in most cases likely sprat. The average prey size (115 mm) and prey species was similar to that of Common Guillemots in the same colony. The variation in size was much smaller in the Razorbill diet than the size distribution of clupeids at sea, indicating a strong prey size selectivity. The Razorbills’ high specialisation underlines the importance of maintaining strong populations of clupeids in their foraging area, as these fish are also targeted by industrial fisheries.

  • 48.
    Eriksson, Per
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Lindskog, Cecilia
    Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Engholm, Ebbe
    Univ Copenhagen, Denmark.
    Blixt, Ola
    Univ Copenhagen, Denmark.
    Waldenström, Jonas
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Munster, Vincent
    NIAID, USA.
    Lundkvist, Åke
    Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Olsen, Björn
    Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Jourdain, Elsa
    INRA, France.
    Ellström, Patrik
    Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Characterization of avian influenza virus attachment patterns to human and pig tissues2018In: Scientific Reports, E-ISSN 2045-2322, Vol. 8, article id 12215Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Wild birds of Anseriformes and Charadriiformes are natural reservoirs of influenza A viruses (IAVs). Occasionally, IAVs transmit and adapt to mammalian hosts, and are maintained as epidemic strains in their new hosts. Viral adaptions to mammalian hosts include altered receptor preference of host epithelial sialylated oligosaccharides from terminal alpha 2,3-linked sialic acid (SA) towards alpha 2,6-linked SA. However, alpha 2,3-linked SA has been found in human respiratory tract epithelium, and human infections by avian IAVs (AIVs) have been reported. To further explore the attachment properties of AIVs, four AIVs of different subtypes were investigated on human and pig tissues using virus histochemistry. Additionally, glycan array analysis was performed for further characterization of IAVs' receptor structure tropism. Generally, AIV attachment was more abundant to human tissues than to pig tissues. The attachment pattern was very strong to human conjunctiva and upper respiratory tract, but variable to the lower respiratory tract. AIVs mainly attached to alpha 2,3-linked SA, but also to combinations of alpha 2,3-and alpha 2,6-linked SA. The low attachment of these AIV isolates to pig tissues, but high attachment to human tissues, addresses the question whether AIVs in general require passage through pigs to obtain adaptions towards mammalian receptor structures.

  • 49.
    Eriksson, Per
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Lindskog, Cecilia
    Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Lorente-Leal, Victor
    Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Waldenström, Jonas
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Gonzalez-Acuna, Daniel
    Univ Concepcion, Chile.
    Jarhult, Josef D.
    Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Lundkvist, Åke
    Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Olsen, Björn
    Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Jourdain, Elsa
    INRA, France.
    Ellström, Patrik
    Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Attachment Patterns of Human and Avian Influenza Viruses to Trachea and Colon of 26 Bird Species - Support for the Community Concept2019In: Frontiers in Microbiology, E-ISSN 1664-302X, Vol. 10, article id 815Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Avian influenza A viruses (AIVs) have a broad host range, but are most intimately associated with waterfowl (Anseriformes) and, in the case of the H13 and H16 subtypes, gulls (Charadriiformes). Host associations are multifactorial, but a key factor is the ability of the virus to bind host cell receptors and thereby initiate infection. The current study aims at investigating the tissue attachment pattern of a panel of AIVs, comprising H3N2, H6N1, H12N5, and H16N3, to avian trachea and colon tissue samples obtained from host species of different orders. Virus attachment was not restricted to the bird species or order from which the virus was isolated. Instead, extensive virus attachment was observed to several distantly related avian species. In general, more virus attachment and receptor expression were observed in trachea than in colon samples. Additionally, a human seasonal H3N2 virus was studied. Unlike the studied AIVs, this virus mainly attached to tracheae from Charadriiformes and a very limited set of avian cola. In conclusion, the reported results highlight the importance of AIV attachment to trachea in many avian species. Finally, the importance of chickens and mallards in AIVs dynamics was illustrated by the abundant AIV attachment observed.

  • 50. Frick, Jerker
    et al.
    Lindberg, Richard
    Tysklind, Mats
    Haemig, Paul
    University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
    Waldenström, Jonas
    University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
    Wallensten, Anders
    Olsen, Björn
    University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
    Anitiviral Oseltamivir is not removed or degraded in normal sewage ater treatment: implications for the develoment of resitance by influenza A virus2007In: PLOS ONE, E-ISSN 1932-6203, Vol. 2, no 10Article in journal (Refereed)
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