Precision of host sanctions in the fig tree-fig wasp mutualism: consequences for uncooperative symbionts.

@article{Jandr2012PrecisionOH,
  title={Precision of host sanctions in the fig tree-fig wasp mutualism: consequences for uncooperative symbionts.},
  author={K Charlotte Jand{\'e}r and E. Herre and Ellen L. Simms and Rebecca Irwin},
  journal={Ecology letters},
  year={2012},
  volume={15 12},
  pages={1362-9}
}
Host sanctions that reduce the relative fitness of uncooperative symbionts provide a mechanism that can limit cheating and thus stabilise mutualisms over evolutionary timescales. Sanctions have been demonstrated empirically in several mutualisms. However, if multiple individual symbionts interact with each host, the precision with which individual cheating symbionts are targeted by host sanctions is critical to their short- and long-term effectiveness. No previous empirical study has directly… CONTINUE READING
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