Fungal disease dynamics in insect societies: optimal killing rates and the ambivalent effect of high social interaction rates.

@article{Novak2015FungalDD,
  title={Fungal disease dynamics in insect societies: optimal killing rates and the ambivalent effect of high social interaction rates.},
  author={Sebastian Novak and Sylvia Cremer},
  journal={Journal of theoretical biology},
  year={2015},
  volume={372},
  pages={54-64}
}
Entomopathogenic fungi are potent biocontrol agents that are widely used against insect pests, many of which are social insects. Nevertheless, theoretical investigations of their particular life history are scarce. We develop a model that takes into account the main distinguishing features between traditionally studied diseases and obligate killing pathogens, like the (biocontrol-relevant) insect-pathogenic fungi Metarhizium and Beauveria. First, obligate killing entomopathogenic fungi produce… CONTINUE READING

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