Greener grass is not always a good thing.
After many countless hours of hard work and many years in the making, Wendy has finally published an important piece in the anthrax transmission jigsaw puzzle. The paper and its lead author have already had reports in Science and LiveScience which cover the science and her (our!) personal experiences during the study’s field work.
The main finding of the study is that sites where animals die are particularly attractive to grazing herbivores. This means that places where animals die of anthrax may be attractive to grazers in the future, thereby giving the bacteria an easier path into future victims.