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Title: Effects of timber harvest on phlebotomine sand flies (Diptera: Psychodidae) in a production forest: abundance of species on tree trunks and prevalence of trypanosomatids
Authors: Pessoa, Felipe Arley Costa
Medeiros, Jansen Fernandes
Barrett, Toby Vincent
Affilliation: Fundação Oswaldo Cruz. Centro de Pesquisa Leônidas e Maria Deane. Laboratório de Biodiversidade. Amazônia. Manaus. AM. Brasil.
Coordenação de Pesquisas em Ciências da Saúde.
Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia. Manaus. AM, Brasil.
Abstract: The Amazon forest is being exploited for timber production. The harvest removes trees, used by sand flies as resting sites, and decreases the canopy, used as refuges by some hosts. The present study evaluated the impact of the timber harvest, the abundance of sand flies, and their trypanosomatid infection rates before and after selective logging. The study was accomplished in terra-firme production forest in an area of timber harvest, state of Amazonas, Brazil. Sand fly catches were carried out in three areas: one before and after the timber harvest, and two control areas, a nature preservation area and a previously exploited area. The flies were caught by aspiration on tree trunks. Samples of sand flies were dissected for parasitological examination. In the site that suffered a harvest, a larger number of individuals was caught before the selective extraction of timber, showing significant difference in relation to the number of individuals and their flagellate infection rates after the logging. The other two areas did not show differences among their sand fly populations. This fact is suggestive of a fauna sensitive to the environmental alterations associated with selective logging
Keywords: environmental impacts
Central Amazon
Issue Date: 2007
Citation: Memória do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Rio de Janeiro, v.102, n.5, p.593-599, 2007.
ISSN: 0074-0276
Copyright: open access
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