The Effect of Parasites on Host Population Density and Extinction: Experimental Epidemiology with Daphnia and Six Microparasites.

@article{Ebert2000TheEO,
  title={The Effect of Parasites on Host Population Density and Extinction: Experimental Epidemiology with Daphnia and Six Microparasites.},
  author={Dieter Ebert and Marc Lipsitch and Katrina L Mangin},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  year={2000},
  volume={156 5},
  pages={459-477}
}
Parasites have been shown to reduce host density and to induce host population extinction in some cases but not in others. Epidemiological models suggest that variable effects of parasites on individual hosts can explain this variability on the population level. Here, we aim to support this hypothesis with a specific epidemiological model using a cross-parasite species approach. We compared the effect of six parasites on host fecundity and survival to their effects on density and risk of… CONTINUE READING
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