Host life-history strategy explains pathogen-induced sterility.

@article{Bonds2006HostLS,
  title={Host life-history strategy explains pathogen-induced sterility.},
  author={Matthew H. Bonds},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  year={2006},
  volume={168 3},
  pages={
          281-93
        }
}
Virulence is often equated with pathogen-induced mortality, even though loss of fecundity is also common. But while the former may be understood as a simple consequence of lost host resources for the purposes of pathogen transmission, pathogen-induced sterility is often not associated with changes in host mortality. As a result, a separate literature has emerged to explain fecundity effects of parasitism that has not been integrated into general theories of the evolution of virulence. Here, I… CONTINUE READING

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