On the Methodology of Comparative Epidemiology

  • Jürgen Kranz


Successful comparative epidemiology requires a good knowledge and understanding of etiology, the ecology of host and pathogen and the epidemics of the pathosystems under study. Comparative studies on hypotheses begin with a clearly formulated objective and the choice of essential and meaningful criteria. The methods to be used are the ones accepted and appropriate in epidemiological research as described, for instance, in Kranz and Rotem (1988) and Francl and Neher (1997) and in more general terms by Zadoks (1978). The importance of a proper terminology (Sect. 3.1) for comparative epidemiology was stressed by Butt and Royle (1980).


Powdery Mildew Stripe Rust Disease Intensity Disease Progress Curve Measurement Term 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jürgen Kranz
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  1. 1.GiessenGermany

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