Biodiversity inhibits parasites: Broad evidence for the dilution effect.

  title={Biodiversity inhibits parasites: Broad evidence for the dilution effect.},
  author={David J Civitello and Jeremy M Cohen and Hiba Fatima and Neal T Halstead and Josue Liriano and Taegan A. McMahon and C Nicole Ortega and Erin L Sauer and Tanya Sehgal and Suzanne Young and J{\"u}rgen Rohr},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={112 28},
Infectious diseases of humans, wildlife, and domesticated species are increasing worldwide, driving the need to understand the mechanisms that shape outbreaks. Simultaneously, human activities are drastically reducing biodiversity. These concurrent patterns have prompted repeated suggestions that biodiversity and disease are linked. For example, the dilution effect hypothesis posits that these patterns are causally related; diverse host communities inhibit the spread of parasites via several… CONTINUE READING
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