Climate-Driven Variation in the Intensity of a Host-Symbiont Animal Interaction along a Broad Elevation Gradient

@inproceedings{Melndez2014ClimateDrivenVI,
  title={Climate-Driven Variation in the Intensity of a Host-Symbiont Animal Interaction along a Broad Elevation Gradient},
  author={Leandro Mel{\'e}ndez and Paola Laiolo and Sergey Mironov and Monica Garcia and Oscar Maga{\~n}a and Roger Jovani},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2014}
}
Gradients of environmental stress may affect biotic interactions in unpredictable ways responding to climate variation, depending on the abiotic stress tolerance of interacting partners. Here, we study the effect of local climate on the intensity of feather mites in six mountain passerines along a 1400 m elevational gradient characterized by shifting temperature and rainfall. Although obligatory symbionts of warm-blooded organisms are assumed to live in mild and homeothermic environments, those… CONTINUE READING
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