Special Issue "Health and Diseases of Koalas"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2022) | Viewed by 15300
Koala populations are declining across Australia, and a major threat to them is disease. Chlamydia and koala retrovirus are two key infectious pathogens of koalas, which cause ocular and urogenital disease, and leukemic and lymphomic cancers, respectively. Research has uncovered many complex mechanisms in the pathogenesis of both these infections, and the potential for koala retrovirus to predispose to chlamydial disease. Other infectious conditions of koalas include the virus Phascolarctid herpesvirus, and the parasitic infection Sarcoptes scabiei, whilst non-infectious diseases include oxalate nephrosis, a renal disease associated with a build-up of calcium oxalate crystals in the kidney. Together with the threats of climate change effects such as drought and bushfires, it is important to understand how koalas are affected by disease based on their unique physiological adaptations as a eucalypt specialist.
Novel papers from different aspects of koala health and disease are invited to this Special Issue that aims to bring together the latest research on koalas, such as (but not limited to):
- Unravelling the complexity of infectious diseases of koalas;
- Pathological conditions of koalas;
- Climate-change-related health and dietary issues;
- Role of gut microbiota in koala health.
Dr. Natasha Speight
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- koala retrovirus
- gut microbiome