Pathogen relatedness affects the prevalence of within-host competition.

@article{Koskella2006PathogenRA,
  title={Pathogen relatedness affects the prevalence of within-host competition.},
  author={Britt Koskella and Tatiana Giraud and Michael E Hood},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  year={2006},
  volume={168 1},
  pages={
          121-6
        }
}
Although the evolutionary consequences of within-host competition among pathogens have been examined extensively, there exists a critical gap in our understanding of factors determining the prevalence of multiple infections. Here we examine the effects of relatedness among strains of the anther-smut pathogen Microbotryum violaceum on the probability of multiple infection in its host, Silene latifolia, after sequential inoculations. We found a significantly higher probability of multiple… CONTINUE READING

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