‘The Maine Question’ examines spread of ticks and diseases they carry

What’s the tick situation in Maine?

Tick-borne diseases, some of which are debilitating, are on the rise in Maine. 

In this episode of “The Maine Question,” host Ron Lisnet asks University of Maine scientists Allison Gardner and Elissa Ballman about the tick situation in the state and goals of their tick-related research projects.

Gardner examines environmental factors that could limit the geographic spread of blacklegged ticks.

And Ballman coordinates a tick surveillance citizen scientist program to learn more about which tick species are where and what pathogens they carry. 

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