Section of Ecology, Massey University, PhD
Has the poultry virus (IBDV) been introduced into Adélie penguins on Ross Island?
Australian researchers inferred the presence of the avian pathogen Infectious Burial Disease Virus (IBDV) from antibody tests which suggested that a penguin population near Australia's Mawson Base had been exposed to the pathogen. Peter's research aimed to test Adélie penguins for the presence of this pathogen in areas of high human contact, such as Cape Royds and Cape Bird.
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