Special Issue "The World's Lagomorphs: Close to 100 to Explore"

A special issue of Animals (ISSN 2076-2615). This special issue belongs to the section "Animal Genetics and Genomics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 February 2024 | Viewed by 202

Special Issue Editors

Virology Laboratory, National Institute for Agrarian and Veterinary Research, Av. da República, Quinta do Marquês, 2780-157 Oeiras, Portugal
Interests: virology; pathology; molecular and cellular biology; caliciviruses; poxviruses; herpesviruses; development of diagnosis techniques; developing of vaccines; wildlife; leporids; rabbits; hares; birds
Virology Laboratory, National Institute for Agrarian and Veterinary Research, Av. da República, Quinta do Marquês, 2780-157 Oeiras, Portugal
Interests: virology; molecular biology; caliciviruses; poxviruses; herpesviruses; development of diagnosis techniques

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Rabbits, hares, and pikas, the latter being the least well known of the group, make up the order Lagomorpha. The health, condition, and role within their respective ecosystems vary between countries and even between different regions of the same country. The European rabbit, for example, is considered a plague in some areas, whilst simultaneously being at risk of extinction in others.

The social, economic, but above all, ecological importance of hares, rabbits, and pikas make these species very interesting to conservationists as well as animal health and scientific communities. However, they are threatened by a multitude of viral, parasitic, and bacterial diseases that are impacting their conservation statuses. The most notable example of this is the European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus), which has been affected by several infectious diseases, particularly those of viral aetiology such as rabbit haemorrhagic disease and myxomatosis, consequently being listed as Endangered by the IUCN in 2019.

We are pleased to invite you to submit to this Special Issue, and to encourage friends and colleagues to join us, as we hope to gather a variety of interesting scientific data in these themes from fundamental and applied research. This Special Issue aims to present new data, techniques, and reviews of the various topics relating to these species to increase and share knowledge but also highlight their ecological relevance. Both original research articles and reviews are welcomed. Research areas may include, but are not limited to, the following: rabbits, hares, pikas, infectious diseases, biology, clinical research, parasitology, bacteriology, new techniques, and new diagnosis tools.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Fábio Abade dos Santos
Dr. Margarida Dias Duarte
Guest Editors

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  • rabbits
  • hares
  • pikas
  • infectious diseases
  • conservation
  • parasitology
  • microbiology
  • viruses
  • metagenomics

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