Is a healthy ecosystem one that is rich in parasites?

@article{Hudson2006IsAH,
  title={Is a healthy ecosystem one that is rich in parasites?},
  author={Peter J. Hudson and Andrew P Dobson and Kevin D Lafferty},
  journal={Trends in ecology & evolution},
  year={2006},
  volume={21 7},
  pages={381-5}
}
Historically, the role of parasites in ecosystem functioning has been considered trivial because a cursory examination reveals that their relative biomass is low compared with that of other trophic groups. However there is increasing evidence that parasite-mediated effects could be significant: they shape host population dynamics, alter interspecific competition, influence energy flow and appear to be important drivers of biodiversity. Indeed they influence a range of ecosystem functions and… CONTINUE READING
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