The Population Dynamics of Microparasites and Their Invertebrate Hosts

@article{Anderson1981ThePD,
  title={The Population Dynamics of Microparasites and Their Invertebrate Hosts},
  author={Roy M. Anderson and R. May},
  journal={Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B},
  year={1981},
  volume={291},
  pages={451-524}
}
We show how directly transmitted microparasites, broadly defined to include viruses, bacteria, protozoans and fungi, may regulate natural populations of invertebrate hosts. The study combines elements of conventional epidemiology (where the host population is assumed constant) with elements of prey-predator studies (which conventionally emphasize how prey and predator populations may be regulated by their interaction). To this end, we construct simple models embodying the essentials of the… Expand
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