Selective predation and productivity jointly drive complex behavior in host-parasite systems.

@article{Hall2005SelectivePA,
  title={Selective predation and productivity jointly drive complex behavior in host-parasite systems.},
  author={Spencer Hall and Meghan A Duffy and Carla E. C{\'a}ceres},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  year={2005},
  volume={165 1},
  pages={70-81}
}
Successful invasion of a parasite into a host population and resulting host-parasite dynamics can depend crucially on other members of a host's community such as predators. We do not fully understand how predation intensity and selectivity shape host-parasite dynamics because the interplay between predator density, predator foraging behavior, and ecosystem productivity remains incompletely explored. By modifying a standard susceptible-infected model, we show how productivity can modulate… CONTINUE READING

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