Dispersal of a defensive symbiont depends on contact between hosts, host health, and host size

@article{Hopkins2015DispersalOA,
  title={Dispersal of a defensive symbiont depends on contact between hosts, host health, and host size},
  author={Skylar R Hopkins and Lindsey J. Boyle and Lisa K. Belden and Jeremy M. Wojdak},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2015},
  volume={179},
  pages={307-318}
}
Symbiont dispersal is necessary for the maintenance of defense mutualisms in space and time, and the distribution of symbionts among hosts should be intricately tied to symbiont dispersal behaviors. However, we know surprisingly little about how most defensive symbionts find and choose advantageous hosts or what cues trigger symbionts to disperse from their current hosts. In a series of six experiments, we explored the dispersal ecology of an oligochaete worm (Chaetogaster limnaei) that… CONTINUE READING