SARS-CoV-2: cross-scale insights from ecology and evolution

Snedden, C. E. et al. (2021) SARS-CoV-2: cross-scale insights from ecology and evolution. Trends in Microbiology, 29(7), pp. 593-605. (doi: 10.1016/j.tim.2021.03.013) (PMID:33893024) (PMCID:PMC7997387)

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Ecological and evolutionary processes govern the fitness, propagation, and interactions of organisms through space and time, and viruses are no exception. While coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) research has primarily emphasized virological, clinical, and epidemiological perspectives, crucial aspects of the pandemic are fundamentally ecological or evolutionary. Here, we highlight five conceptual domains of ecology and evolution – invasion, consumer-resource interactions, spatial ecology, diversity, and adaptation – that illuminate (sometimes unexpectedly) the emergence and spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). We describe the applications of these concepts across levels of biological organization and spatial scales, including within individual hosts, host populations, and multispecies communities. Together, these perspectives illustrate the integrative power of ecological and evolutionary ideas and highlight the benefits of interdisciplinary thinking for understanding emerging viruses.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gamble, Dr Amandine
Authors: Snedden, C. E., Makanani, S. K., Schwartz, S. T., Gamble, A., Blakey, R. V., Borremans, B., Helman, S. K., Espericueta, L., Valencia, A., Endo, A., Alfaro, M. E., and Lloyd-Smith, J. O.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Biodiversity, One Health & Veterinary Medicine
Journal Name:Trends in Microbiology
Publisher:Elsevier (Cell Press)
ISSN (Online):1878-4380
Published Online:26 March 2021

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