The effect of sterilizing diseases on host abundance and distribution along environmental gradients.

@article{Antonovics2009TheEO,
  title={The effect of sterilizing diseases on host abundance and distribution along environmental gradients.},
  author={Janis Antonovics},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2009},
  volume={276 1661},
  pages={1443-8}
}
This study analyses the effect of host-specific pathogens on range restriction of their hosts across environmental gradients at population margins. Sterilizing diseases can limit host range by causing large reductions in population size in what would otherwise be the central area of a species range. Diseases showing frequency-dependent transmission can also pull back a population from its disease-free margin. A wide range of disease prevalence versus abundance patterns emerge which often differ… CONTINUE READING

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