Intraspecific competition and the evolution of virulence in a parasitic trematode.

@article{Gower2005IntraspecificCA,
  title={Intraspecific competition and the evolution of virulence in a parasitic trematode.},
  author={Charlotte M. Gower and Joanne P. Webster},
  journal={Evolution; international journal of organic evolution},
  year={2005},
  volume={59 3},
  pages={544-53}
}
Intrahost competition between parasite genotypes has been predicted to be an important force shaping parasite ecology and evolution and has been extensively cited as a mechanism for the evolution of increased parasite virulence. However, empirical evidence demonstrating the existence and nature of intraspecific competition is lacking for many parasites. Here, we compared within-host competitiveness between genetic strains of Schistosoma mansoni with high (HIGH-V) or low (LOW-V) virulence to… CONTINUE READING

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