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Ranaviruses

Lethal Pathogens of Ectothermic Vertebrates

Editors: Gray, Matthew J., Chinchar, V Gregory (Eds.)

  • First book devoted to ranaviruses, DNA viruses causing mass mortality in fish and amphibians
  • Cutting edge topic with both conservation and economic significance
  • Multidisciplinary volume that brings together the foremost ranavirus experts from the fields of ecology, conservation biology, microbiology, and veterinary medicine
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About this book

This is the first book on ranaviruses. Ranaviruses are double-stranded DNA viruses that cause hemorrhagic disease in amphibians, reptiles, and fish. They have caused mass die-offs of ectothermic vertebrates in wild and captive populations around the globe. There is evidence that this pathogen is emerging and responsible for population declines in certain locations. Considering that amphibians and freshwater turtles are suitable hosts and the most imperiled vertebrate taxa in the world, ranaviruses can have significant impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem function. Additionally, many fish that are raised in aquaculture facilities and traded internationally are suitable hosts; thus, the potential economic impact of ranaviruses is significant. Ranaviruses also serve as a model for replication and gene function of large double-stranded DNA viruses. There is an urgent need to assemble the contemporary information on ranaviruses and provide guidance on how to assess their threats in populations. Through the Global Ranavirus Consortium, 24 experts from six countries were organize to write this volume, the first book on ranaviruses. The book begins with a discussion on the global extent of ranaviruses, case histories of infection and disease in ectothermic vertebrates, and current phylogeny. Basic principles of ranavirus ecology and evolution are covered next, with a focus on host-pathogen interactions and how the virus emerges in its environment. There are two chapters that will discuss the molecular biology of ranaviruses, host response to infection, and the genes responsible for immune system evasion. One chapter establishes standards for testing for infection and diagnosing ranaviral disease. The book ends by providing guidance on how to design ranavirus surveillance studies and analyze data to determine risk, and discussing the role of the Global Ranavirus Consortium in organizing research and outreach activities.

About the authors

Dr. Matthew J. Gray serves as Associate Professor for the Center for Wildlife Health at the University of Tenessee Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries. He is the Director of the Global Ranavirus Consortium.

V. Gregory Chinchar is Professor of Microbiology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. He serves as Honorary Advisor to the Global Ranavirus Consortium.

Reviews

“Matthew J. Gray (Univ. of Tennessee) and V. Gregory Chinchar (Univ of Mississippi) have compiled a comprehensive and thorough treatise on ranaviruses, an understudied group of viruses that infect fish, amphibians, and reptiles. … This book is an invaluable source for wildlife biologists seeking to understand a potentially important group of viruses and for virologists interested in knowing about the impact of these viruses in the natural world. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals/practitioners.” (M. S. Kainz, Choice, Vol. 53 (3), November, 2015)


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction: History and Future of Ranaviruses

    Gray, Matthew J. (et al.)

    Pages 1-7

  • Distribution and Host Range of Ranaviruses

    Duffus, Amanda L. J. (et al.)

    Pages 9-57

  • Ranavirus Taxonomy and Phylogeny

    Jancovich, James K. (et al.)

    Pages 59-70

  • Ranavirus Ecology and Evolution: From Epidemiology to Extinction

    Brunner, Jesse L. (et al.)

    Pages 71-104

  • Ranavirus Replication: Molecular, Cellular, and Immunological Events

    Jancovich, James K. (et al.)

    Pages 105-139

Buy this book

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  • ISBN 978-3-319-13755-1
  • This book is an open access book, you can download it for free on link.springer.com
Hardcover $59.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-13754-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $59.99
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: November 18, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-35777-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ranaviruses
Book Subtitle
Lethal Pathogens of Ectothermic Vertebrates
Editors
  • Matthew J. Gray
  • V Gregory Chinchar
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and the Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-13755-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-13755-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-13754-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-35777-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 246
Number of Illustrations and Tables
4 b/w illustrations, 21 illustrations in colour
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