Infection success in novel hosts: an experimental and phylogenetic study of Drosophila-parasitic nematodes.

@article{Perlman2003InfectionSI,
  title={Infection success in novel hosts: an experimental and phylogenetic study of Drosophila-parasitic nematodes.},
  author={Steve J. Perlman and John R. Jaenike},
  journal={Evolution; international journal of organic evolution},
  year={2003},
  volume={57 3},
  pages={544-57}
}
Surprisingly little is known about what determines a parasite's host range, which is essential in enabling us to predict the fate of novel infections. In this study, we evaluate the importance of both host and parasite phylogeny in determining the ability of parasites to infect novel host species. Using experimental lab assays, we infected 24 taxonomically diverse species of Drosophila flies (Diptera: Drosophilidae) with five different nematode species (Tylenchida: Allantonematidae: Howardula… CONTINUE READING