Patterns and processes of alternative host use in a generalist parasite: insights from a natural host–parasite interaction

@article{Lootvoet2013PatternsAP,
  title={Patterns and processes of alternative host use in a generalist parasite: insights from a natural host–parasite interaction},
  author={Am{\'e}lie Lootvoet and S. Blanchet and M. Gevrey and La{\"e}titia Buisson and L. Tudesque and G{\'e}raldine Loot},
  journal={Functional Ecology},
  year={2013},
  volume={27},
  pages={1403-1414}
}
Summary Host specificity is a major, yet poorly understood, property of parasites. Generalist parasites generally exploit a principal host species and a series of alternative host species. Understanding patterns of alternative host use may help predict phylogenetic diversification of parasite lineages and the emergence of infectious diseases. However, the ecological and evolutionary determinants underpinning alternative host use remain elusive. Here, we investigated, in the wild… Expand
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