Diversification of transmission modes and the evolution of mutualism.

@article{Ferdy2005DiversificationOT,
  title={Diversification of transmission modes and the evolution of mutualism.},
  author={J B Ferdy and Bernard Godelle},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  year={2005},
  volume={166 5},
  pages={613-27}
}
In order for mutualism to evolve, some force must align the interests of the two interacting partners. Vertical transmission can fill this role, but it is still unknown whether mutualism can be stable when vertically transmitted symbionts can evolve toward horizontal transmission. In this article, we investigate how symbionts' transmission mode and virulence should evolve, depending on the relationship between these two traits. We show that pathogens that reduce their host's fecundity can have… CONTINUE READING

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