I can not comment on which parasite you should select, since I am not sure
what you are trying to accomplish. However, I think that you should also
consider the "problems" associated with keeping animals in the lab,
especially animals that might be infected with parasites. You will likely
have to file some type of "animal protocol" describing in detail how many
animals you will be using, what species, and what you will be doing with
them. You may also have to deal with a 'biohazards committee" if you are
using a potential pathogen. Thus, in making a selection of which parasite
to use, you might want to select one that will minimize these problems.
Dr. Peter W. Pappas, Professor
Department of Evolution, Ecology, and
Director, Introductory Biology Program
The Ohio State University
1735 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
pappas.3 at osu.edu
"Kristin M. Kramer" wrote in message <3659c7d25f4d010 at mhub3.tc.umn.edu>...
>I am interested in studying the effects of endoparasites on behavior of
>small mammals (in particular - red-backed voles, Clethrionomys gapperi) and
>I have identified several parasites that would suit the goals of my study
>but I have little experience with parasites and so I don't have any idea
>how difficult these are to work with in the lab. Possibilities include
>Toxoplasma, Eimeria, Babesia or several worms - Trichinella spiralis,
>Heligmosomoides polygyrus, or Trichuris muris. I would appreciate any
>opinions and advice on which of these is easiest to obtain and work with.
>>Thank you for your time.
>Dept. of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior
>University of Minnesota
>St. Paul, MN 55108
>pete0966 at tc.umn.edu>>>