Maes, Tim., De Corte, Z., Vangestel, C., Virgilio, M., Smitz, N., Teukeng, F., Papadaki, M. & Huyse, T. 2022. ‘Large-scale and small-scale population genetic structure of the medically important gastropod species Bulinus truncatus (Gastropoda, Heterobranchia)’. Parasites & Vectors. DOI: 10.1186/s13071-022-05445-x. URL: https://parasitesandvectors.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13071-022-05445-x I.F. 4.047.
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Gastropod snails remain strongly understudied, despite their important role in transmitting parasitic diseases. Knowledge of their distribution and population dynamics increases our understanding of the processes driving disease transmission. We report the first study to use high-throughput sequencing (HTS) to elucidate the population genetic structure of the hermaphroditic snail Bulinus truncatus (Gastropoda, Heterobranchia) on a regional (17–150 km) and inter-regional (1000–5400 km) scale. This snail species acts as an intermediate host of Schistosoma haematobium and Schistosoma bovis, which cause human and animal schistosomiasis respectively.