Food webs: a plea for parasites.

  title={Food webs: a plea for parasites.},
  author={David J. Marcogliese and David K. Cone},
  journal={Trends in ecology & evolution},
  volume={12 8},
Parasites have the capacity to regulate host populations and may be important determinants of community structure, yet they are usually neglected in studies of food webs. Parasites can provide much of the information on host biology, such as diet and migration, that is necessary to construct accurate webs. Because many parasites have complex life cycles that involve several different hosts, and often depend on trophic interactions for transmission, parasites provide complementary views of web… CONTINUE READING

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