Regulatory role of parasites: impact on host population shifts with resource availability.

@article{Washburn1991RegulatoryRO,
  title={Regulatory role of parasites: impact on host population shifts with resource availability.},
  author={Jan O. Washburn and David R. Mercer and John R. Anderson},
  journal={Science},
  year={1991},
  volume={253 5016},
  pages={185-8}
}
Effects of infections by the ciliate Lambornella clarki on larval populations of its mosquito host Aedes sierrensis were examined in laboratory and field studies. When host populations developed with sufficient food, mortality from parasites was additive and reduced the number of emerging mosquitoes. For food-limited populations, mortality was compensatory or depensatory; emerging adults were as or more abundant with higher average fitness than those from uninfected control populations. When… CONTINUE READING

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