Synchronous attack is advantageous: mixed genotype infections lead to higher infection success in trematode parasites.

@article{Karvonen2012SynchronousAI,
  title={Synchronous attack is advantageous: mixed genotype infections lead to higher infection success in trematode parasites.},
  author={Anssi Karvonen and Christian Rellstab and Katja-Riikka Louhi and J. Brett Jokela},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2012},
  volume={279 1726},
  pages={
          171-6
        }
}
Co-infecting parasite genotypes typically compete for host resources limiting their fitness. The intensity of such competition depends on whether parasites are reproducing in a host, or using it primarily as a transmission vehicle while not multiplying in host tissues (referred to as 'competition hypothesis'). Alternatively, simultaneous attack and co-infection by several parasite genotypes might facilitate parasite infection because such a diverse attack could present an additional challenge… CONTINUE READING
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