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From the 12 August Eureka Alert

(Ecological Society of America) Public awareness about the role and interaction of microbes is essential for promoting human and environmental health, say scientists presenting research at the Ecological Society of America’s 96th Annual Meeting from August 7-12, 2011.

ESA’s 96th Annual Meeting will be held August 7-12, 2011 in Austin, Texas. The meeting, which has the theme “Earth Stewardship: Preserving and enhancing the earth’s life-support systems,” draws a critical combination of more than 3,500 scientists, policy makers and concerned citizens to discuss research on Earth’s complex interactions and to explore strategies for enhancing a community-based approach to global responsibility….

Presentations on microbial ecology include:

“The food-webs inside the human body” led by Carmen Lia Murall, University of Guelph, Canada; “Human oral microbiota as an example of microbiota diversity associated with tissue characteristics” by Jacques Izard, The Forsyth Institute, Cambridge, MA; “The impact of architectural design on the microbial diversity of built environments” led by Brendan Bohannan, University of Oregon; and “A microbial perspective on air quality: How human activities influence bacterial diversity in the atmosphere” by Noah Fierer, University of Colorado, Boulder….

Other presentations on disease ecology include:

“Statistical prediction of West Nile Virus transmission intensity in New York City” led by Sarah Bowden, University of Georgia; “The dual role of lizards in Lyme disease ecology in the far-western United States” led by Andrea Swei, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies; “The role of synanthropic mammals in avian influenza outbreaks” led by Susan Shriner, National Wildlife Research Center, Fort Collins, Colorado; “The influence of host movement on epidemic dynamics: Commuting patterns in cities and their consequences for the spread of influenza” led by Benjamin Dalziel, Cornell University; and “The ecology of an emerging tick-borne pathogen, Babesia microti: How host quality affects disease risk” led by Michelle Hersh, Bard College….

….The Preliminary Press Program is available online at http://esa.org/austin/press.php, and the full searchable program is at http://eco.confex.com/eco/2011/webprogram/start.html. All abstracts are embargoed until 12:00 am EDT the day of their presentation. Contact Katie Kline at katie@esa.org for details or to register as a member of the press. Field trips are open to all meeting registrants; however, the fees are not included in press registration.

The Ecological Society of America is the world’s largest professional organization of ecologists, representing 10,000 scientists in the United States and around the globe. Since its founding in 1915, ESA has promoted the responsible application of ecological principles to the solution of environmental problems through ESA reports, journals, research, and expert testimony to Congress. ESA publishes four print journals—and one online-only, open-access journal Ecosphere—and convenes an annual scientific conference. Visit the ESA website at http://www.esa.org or find experts in ecological science at http://www.esa.org/pao/rrt.

Read the entire Eureka Alert

August 12, 2011 - Posted by | Public Health | , , ,

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