When bats go viral : negative framings in virological research imperil bat conservation

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López-Baucells , A , Rocha , R & Fernandez-Llamazares Onrubia , A 2017 , ' When bats go viral : negative framings in virological research imperil bat conservation ' , Mammal Review , vol. 48 , no. 1 , pp. 62-66 . https://doi.org/10.1111/mam.12110

Title: When bats go viral : negative framings in virological research imperil bat conservation
Author: López-Baucells, Adrià; Rocha, Ricardo; Fernandez-Llamazares Onrubia, Alvaro
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Biosciences
University of Helsinki, Biosciences
Date: 2017-10-30
Language: eng
Number of pages: 5
Belongs to series: Mammal Review
ISSN: 0305-1838
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/237764
Abstract: The recent upsurge in bat-borne virus research has attracted substantial news coverage worldwide. A systematic review of virological literature revealed that bats were described as a major concern for public health in half of all studies (51%), and that their key role in delivering ecosystem services was disregarded in almost all studies (96%). Although research on zoonoses is of the utmost importance, biased framings of bats can undermine decades of conservation efforts. We urge researchers and science communicators to consider the conservation impacts of how research findings are presented to the public carefully, and, whenever possible, to highlight the ecological significance of bats, their dire conservation situation and their importance for human well-being.
Subject: 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
bats
virus
conservation
framing
science communication
ecosystem services
1183 Plant biology, microbiology, virology
virus
bats
bat-related virus
framings
zoonotic disease
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