Mixed infections and the evolution of virulence: effects of resource competition, parasite plasticity, and impaired host immunity.

@article{Choisy2010MixedIA,
  title={Mixed infections and the evolution of virulence: effects of resource competition, parasite plasticity, and impaired host immunity.},
  author={Marc Choisy and Jacobus de Roode},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  year={2010},
  volume={175 5},
  pages={E105-18}
}
Mixed-genotype parasite infections are common in nature. Theoretical studies analyze the effects of such infections over evolutionary time and predict an increase in virulence due to the competitive advantage of virulent parasites. In contrast, experimental studies compare the overall virulence of mixed and single infections within one generation. Although… CONTINUE READING