The Influence of Host Demography on the Evolution of Virulence of a Microsporidian Gut Parasite.

@article{Ebert1997TheIO,
  title={The Influence of Host Demography on the Evolution of Virulence of a Microsporidian Gut Parasite.},
  author={Dieter Ebert and Katrina L Mangin},
  journal={Evolution; international journal of organic evolution},
  year={1997},
  volume={51 6},
  pages={1828-1837}
}
It is predicted that host exploitation should evolve to maximize parasite fitness and that virulence (= parasite-induced host mortality) evolves along with the rate of host exploitation. If the life expectancy of a parasite is short, it is expected to evolve a higher rate of host exploitation and therefore higher virulence because the penalty to the parasite for killing the host is reduced. We tested this hypothesis by keeping for 14 months the horizontally transmitted microsporidian parasite… CONTINUE READING

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