Lower biodiversity means more pathogens – Study investigates coronavirus dynamics in bats

The loss of biodiversity poses a challenge for nature and humans alike. A study led by Ulm University shows that a decline in biodiversity promotes the spread of potentially zoonotic pathogens. The research team, which included Berlin virologist Professor Christian Drosten, investigated how changes in the composition of bat communities affect the spread of coronaviruses. The DFG-funded study was published in the journal Nature Communications.

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