Beyond immunity: quantifying the effects of host anti-parasite behavior on parasite transmission

@article{Daly2010BeyondIQ,
  title={Beyond immunity: quantifying the effects of host anti-parasite behavior on parasite transmission},
  author={Elizabeth W. Daly and Pieter T J Johnson},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2010},
  volume={165},
  pages={1043-1050}
}
A host’s first line of defense in response to the threat of parasitic infection is behavior, yet the efficacy of anti-parasite behaviors in reducing infection are rarely quantified relative to immunological defense mechanisms. Larval amphibians developing in aquatic habitats are at risk of infection from a diverse assemblage of pathogens, some of which cause substantial morbidity and mortality, suggesting that behavioral avoidance and resistance could be significant defensive strategies. To… CONTINUE READING
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