Recent reports suggest that British scientists have focused on ways by which avian malaria spreads in New Zealand birds. The scientists have been the first ones to draft the major characteristics of parasites, which are the leading cause of major health ailments in aerial creatures.
It has been reported that the study of the researchers on invading parasites has been published today in Ecology Letters, has limelighted the factors which help these parasites to grow even in new environments, with harsh conditions.
The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) researchers, including New Zealand scientist Dr. John Ewen, analyzed more than 800 varieties of birds, which included both natives of the North Island region and others, which flew from distant continents.
They further confirmed the invasion of the parasite by extracting DNA from blood and then studying it to administer the particular segments of genes.
It has been recovered that a New Zealand stitchbird (hihi) blood sample was taken for screening of the malaria. The researchers said, “We then looked in more detail at the characteristics of the parasites. We found to see if they had features that made them more likely to be present in bird hosts in New Zealand”.
They discovered that the parasites were highly diverse, rather, two of them were hard to find elsewhere.