Effects of predation on real-time host-parasite coevolutionary dynamics.

@article{Friman2013EffectsOP,
  title={Effects of predation on real-time host-parasite coevolutionary dynamics.},
  author={Ville-Petri Friman and Angus Buckling},
  journal={Ecology letters},
  year={2013},
  volume={16 1},
  pages={39-46}
}
The impact of community complexity on pairwise coevolutionary dynamics is theoretically dependent on the extent to which species evolve generalised or specialised adaptations to the multiple species they interact with. Here, we show that the bacteria Pseudomonas fluorescens diversifies into defence specialists, when coevolved simultaneously with a virus and a predatory protist, as a result of fitness trade-offs between defences against the two enemies. Strong bacteria-virus pairwise coevolution… CONTINUE READING