Title: Beechnuts and outbreaks of Nephropathia Epidemica (NE): of mast, mice and men
Authors: Clement, Jan ×
Maes, Piet
van Ypersele de Strihou, C
van der Groen, G
Barrios González, Miguel
Verstraeten, Willem
Van Ranst, Marc #
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Springer International
Series Title: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation vol:25 issue:6 pages:1740-1746
Abstract: Conclusion
In summary, a warm autumn and winter 1 year before, a hot summer (particularly July) 2 years before, and a cold and moist summer (particularly July) 3 years before could serve as early warning indicators for potential NE outbreaks in Western Europe, particularly if a heavy beech crop is observed together with a warm autumn 1 year before [24,36]. If global warming with ever hotter summers and very mild autumns plus winters are to be expected for the next years, further NE epidemics can be anticipated, although regional differences can persist, as shown in France and Germany. Satellite observations, monitoring several indices of vegetation in broadleaf forests, are now checking these correlations in the past and present (Working Group for Interdisciplinary Research, Faculties of Bio-engineering and Medicine, Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven, Belgium) [46]. Thus, counting (beech)nuts in the Ardennes, as in other broadleaf forests of Western Europe, can bear strategic implications.
ISSN: 0931-0509
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Division M3-BIORES: Measure, Model & Manage Bioresponses (-)
Laboratory of Clinical and Epidemiological Virology (Rega Institute)
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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