Cotton Rat

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A popular animal model first used in polio research, which is a model of choice for research in measles—paramyxovirus—herpes simplex, influenza—orthomyxovirus—HIV-1, respiratory syncytial virus, and adenovirus-based gene replacement research
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This invasive predator is eating many larger mammals--raccoons, opossums, deer and others--which has caused an increase in contact between the mosquito and the hispid cotton rat.
Encroachment of eastern redcedar into grasslands could result in local extirpation of grassland-associated species such as least shrews, fulvous harvest mice, and hispid cotton rats as we only captured these three species in open grass habitats, similar to the findings of Stancampiano and Schnell (2004).
Together with cotton rats, these major prey species were less important in summer than in other seasons, being replaced by a variety of small mammals.
This is not surprising; densities of 0 individuals/ ha can be observed even in optimal habitat, and a habitat with no grass cover is not optimal for cotton rats.
One factor facilitating the northward range expansion of hispid cotton rats has likely been a switch to occupancy of deeper burrows that extend below the frost line (Dunnum 2002).
In the current study, the company tested its RSV-F vaccine candidate in cotton rats, a well accepted animal model for RSV infection and disease.
Long-distance movements in cotton rats (Sigmodon hispidus) and praire voles (Microtus ochrogaster) in Northeastern Kansas.
bonducella and its various fractions against Litomosoides carinii (rodent filarial parasite) in cotton rats and target human filarial parasite B.
Evenness was greatest in the native woodland and lowest in the unaided succession habitat where hispid cotton rats alone accounted for 79.
144) believed the absence of cotton rats in the Early Ajuereado indicated that at that time "[t]he valley floor would have been open steppe, grazed by horse and antelope, but to judge by the lack of cotton rats, it could not have had a very rich cover of tall weeds or grass.
Cotton rats swam at the water's surface, but were less skilled swimmers than rice rats.
In the early phase there were no cotton rats on small blocks and very few on medium blocks.