Eating yourself sick: transmission of disease as a function of foraging ecology.

  title={Eating yourself sick: transmission of disease as a function of foraging ecology.},
  author={Spencer Hall and Lena Sivars-Becker and Claes R. Becker and Meghan A Duffy and Alan J. Tessier and Carla E. C{\'a}ceres},
  journal={Ecology letters},
  volume={10 3},
Species interactions may profoundly influence disease outbreaks. However, disease ecology has only begun to integrate interactions between hosts and their food resources (foraging ecology) despite that hosts often encounter their parasites while feeding. A zooplankton-fungal system illustrated this central connection between foraging and transmission. Using experiments that varied food density for Daphnia hosts, density of fungal spores and body size of Daphnia, we produced mechanistic yet… CONTINUE READING

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