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Dataset - IPY NL - Avian influenza in arctic breeding waterfowl

Bethany Hoye (2010). IPY NL - Avian influenza in arctic breeding waterfowl. (v1) The Netherlands. Published by NIOO-KNAW.
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This project investigates the interaction between Arctic-breeding migratory waterfowl and avian influenza viruses. We have used RT-PCR targeting the matrix gene of the influenza virus to detect current infection from cloacal and/or tracheal samples from wild waterfowl, as well as blocking ELISAs on the sera of these waterfowl to detect antibodies to the nucleoprotein gene segment of the influenza virus. These methods were used to compile infection dynamics and host species patterns over 11 years in the Netherlands (1998-2009), as well as throughout a full annual cycle along the migratory flyway of Pink-footed Geese (Anser brachyrhynchus), from their wintering grounds in Belgium to their breeding grounds on the Arctic Island of Svalbard. The same techniques were used to examine infection during the over-wintering of Bewick's swans (Cygnus columbianus bewikii) in the Netherlands. This allowed us to assess which individuals, from which habitats (determined by carbon stable isotope analysis) become infected, as well as the consequences of natural infection in terms of foraging behavior during winter (through detailed visual observations) and timing and rate of spring migration (through volunteer neck collar resightings and GPS loggers fitted to individual birds). Under license from the Animal experimental committee (protocol KNAW CL05.08) and the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (license number FF/75A/2008/060 & 060a), we extended our assessment of the consequences of infection in free-living Bewick's swans by conducting experimental infections with a wild-type low-pathogenic avian influenza virus (H4N6 - A/mallard/Netherlands/1/99), and collecting the same monitoring information as for naturally infected (and control) birds.

Temporal coverage


1 December 1998 to 31 March 2009


1 December 2005 to 28 February 2011

PlatformIn Situ Land-based Platforms > Field Surveys (field Surveys)
InstrumentEarth Remote Sensing Instruments > Passive Remote Sensing > Photon/optical Detectors > Photometers > Spectrophotometers (spectrophotometers)
InstrumentSolar/space Observing Instruments > Photon/optical Detectors > Telescopes > Telescopes
InstrumentIn Situ/laboratory Instruments > Photon/optical Detectors > Binocular (binocular)

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Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW)



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Hoye, B.J., Fouchier, R., & Klaassen, M.R.J., 2012. Host behaviour and physiology underpin individual variation in avian influenza virus infection in migratory Bewick's swans. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Science 279 (1728), 529-534

Hoye, B.J., 2012. Variation in postsampling treatment of avian blood affects ecophysiological interpretations. Methods in Ecology and Evolutio 3 (1), 162-167

Hahn, S., Hoye, B.J., et al., 2012. From Food to Offspring Down: Tissue-Specific Discrimination and Turn-Over of Stable Isotopes in Herbivorous Waterbirds and Other Avian Foraging Guilds. PLoS One 7 (2), e30242

Hoye, B.J., Hahn, S., et al., 2012. Habitat use throughout migration: linking individual consistency, prior breeding success and future breeding potential. Journal of Animal Ecology 81 (3), 657-666

Hoye, B.J., Munster, V., et al., 2010. Surveillance of wild birds for avian influenza virus. Emerging infectious diseases 16 (12), 1827-1834

Hoye, B.J., Munster, V., et al., 2010. Reconstructing an annual cycle of interaction: natural infection and antibody dynamics to avian influenza along a migratory flyway. Oikos 120 (5), 748-755


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Dif id: Waterfowl_AIV_Hoye_IPY172_NL | UUID: 3a7088d8-7f6a-58d5-a1bf-d12d2ab723f9 | Version:1 | Added on: 9 April 2010 16:00