Cooperation and conflict in host–manipulating parasites

@article{Brown1999CooperationAC,
  title={Cooperation and conflict in host–manipulating parasites},
  author={Sam P. Brown},
  journal={Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences},
  year={1999},
  volume={266},
  pages={1899 - 1904}
}
  • S. Brown
  • Published 22 September 1999
  • Biology
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences
The existence of adaptive host manipulation by parasites has received increasing empirical support in recent years. Here I develop an optimality model of the extent of host manipulation, incorporating within-host group size, relatedness and a range of realistic cost–benefit functions. The model highlights the cooperative nature of host manipulation, and the potential for cheating this entails. When relatedness in parasite groups is minimal, manipulation is suppressed, but not eradicated… 
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