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Saving the Devils is in the details: Tasmanian Devil facial tumor disease can be eliminated with interventions

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posted on 2023-05-21, 15:05 authored by Drawert, B, Andrew FliesAndrew Flies, Matthew, S, Powell, M, Rumsey, B
Tasmanian Devils facial tumor disease (DFTD) is severely impacting the population of this wild animal. We developed a computational model of the population of Tasmanian Devils, and the change induced by DFTD. We use this model to test possible intervention strategies Tasmanian conservationists could do. We investigate bait drop vaccination programs, diseased animal removals programs, and evolution of natural immunity. We conclude that a combination of intervention strategies gives the most favorable outcome. An additional goal of this paper is reproducibility of our results. Our StochSS software platform features the ability to share and reproduce the computational notebooks that created all of the results in the paper. We endeavor that all readers should be able to reproduce our results with minimum effort.

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The Select Foundation

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Publication title

Letters in Biomathematics

Volume

9

Pagination

121-140

ISSN

2373-7867

Department/School

Menzies Institute for Medical Research

Publisher

Taylor & Francis Inc.

Place of publication

United States

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© 2022 The Author(s), Published under a Creative Commons License, (Version unclear)

Repository Status

  • Open

Socio-economic Objectives

Control of pests, diseases and exotic species in terrestrial environments; Veterinary biological preventatives; Expanding knowledge in the agricultural, food and veterinary sciences

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