Host compatibility rather than vector-host-encounter rate determines the host range of avian Plasmodium parasites.

@article{Medeiros2013HostCR,
  title={Host compatibility rather than vector-host-encounter rate determines the host range of avian Plasmodium parasites.},
  author={Matthew C. I. Medeiros and Gabriel L. Hamer and Robert E. Ricklefs},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2013},
  volume={280 1760},
  pages={20122947}
}
Blood-feeding arthropod vectors are responsible for transmitting many parasites between vertebrate hosts. While arthropod vectors often feed on limited subsets of potential host species, little is known about the extent to which this influences the distribution of vector-borne parasites in some systems. Here, we test the hypothesis that different vector species structure parasite-host relationships by restricting access of certain parasites to a subset of available hosts. Specifically, we… CONTINUE READING

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