Parasitic castration: a perspective from a model of dynamic energy budgets.

@article{Hall2007ParasiticCA,
  title={Parasitic castration: a perspective from a model of dynamic energy budgets.},
  author={Spencer Hall and Claes R. Becker and Carla E. C{\'a}ceres},
  journal={Integrative and comparative biology},
  year={2007},
  volume={47 2},
  pages={
          295-309
        }
}
Models of the evolution of virulence have typically focused on increased mortality, one of two negative effects that parasites can inflict on their host. Those that consider the other effect, fecundity reduction, can predict that parasites should completely sterilize their hosts. Although this prediction seems extreme, sterilization features prominently in a fascinating strategy, parasitic castration. Such castration can be accompanied by gigantism (unusually large growth of infected hosts… CONTINUE READING

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