Kin selection and the evolution of virulence

@article{Buckling2008KinSA,
  title={Kin selection and the evolution of virulence},
  author={Angus G. J. Buckling and Michael A Brockhurst},
  journal={Heredity},
  year={2008},
  volume={100},
  pages={484-488}
}
Social interactions between conspecific parasites are partly dependent on the relatedness of interacting parasites (kin selection), which, in turn, is predicted to affect the extent of damage they cause their hosts (virulence). High relatedness is generally assumed to favour less competitive interactions, but the relationship between relatedness and virulence is crucially dependent on the social behaviour in question. Here, we discuss the rather limited body of experimental work that addresses… CONTINUE READING
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