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Research Article

A Disease-Mediated Trophic Cascade in the Serengeti and its Implications for Ecosystem C

  • Ricardo M. Holdo mail,

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    Affiliation: Department of Biology, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, United States of America

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  • Anthony R. E. Sinclair,

    Affiliation: Department of Zoology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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  • Andrew P. Dobson,

    Affiliation: Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, United States of America

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  • Kristine L. Metzger,

    Affiliation: Department of Zoology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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  • Benjamin M. Bolker,

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, United States of America

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  • Mark E. Ritchie,

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, United States of America

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  • Robert D. Holt

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, United States of America

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  • Published: September 29, 2009
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1000210

About the Authors

Ricardo M. Holdo, Benjamin M. Bolker, Robert D. Holt
Department of Biology, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, United States of America
Anthony R. E. Sinclair, Kristine L. Metzger
Department of Zoology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Andrew P. Dobson
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, United States of America
Mark E. Ritchie
Department of Biology, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: rholdo@ufl.edu

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

The author(s) have made the following declarations about their contributions: Conceived and designed the experiments: RMH ARES. Analyzed the data: RMH BMB. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: RMH BMB MER. Wrote the paper: RMH APD RDH. Conducted the state-space analysis: RMH. Collected data: ARES KLM. Proposed hypothesis: ARES APD.