Local adaptation to temperature and the implications for vector-borne diseases.


Journal Article

Vector life-history traits and parasite development respond in strongly nonlinear ways to changes in temperature. These thermal sensitivities create the potential for climate change to have a marked impact on disease transmission. To date, most research considering impacts of climate change on vector-borne diseases assumes that all populations of a given parasite or vector species respond similarly to temperature, regardless of their source population. This may be an inappropriate assumption because spatial variation in selective pressures such as temperature can lead to local adaptation. We examine evidence for local adaptation in disease vectors and present conceptual models for understanding how local adaptation might modulate the effects of both short- and long-term changes in climate.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sternberg, ED; Thomas, MB

Published Date

  • March 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 30 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 115 - 122

PubMed ID

  • 24513566

Pubmed Central ID

  • 24513566

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1471-5007

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1471-4922

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.pt.2013.12.010


  • eng