Parasitism and maintenance of diversity in a fungal vegetative incompatibility system: the role of selection by deleterious cytoplasmic elements.

@article{Brusini2011ParasitismAM,
  title={Parasitism and maintenance of diversity in a fungal vegetative incompatibility system: the role of selection by deleterious cytoplasmic elements.},
  author={J{\'e}r{\'e}mie Brusini and C{\'e}cile Robin and Alain Franc},
  journal={Ecology letters},
  year={2011},
  volume={14 5},
  pages={444-52}
}
In fungi, horizontal transmission of deleterious cytoplasmic elements is reduced by the vegetative incompatibility system. This self/non-self recognition system may select for greater diversity of fungal incompatibility phenotypes in a frequency-dependent manner but the link between the diversity of fungal phenotypes and the virulence of cytoplasmic parasites has been poorly studied. We used an epidemiological model to show that even when transmission between incompatibility types is permitted… CONTINUE READING