The invasion and coexistence of competing Wolbachia strains

  title={The invasion and coexistence of competing Wolbachia strains},
  author={Matt J. Keeling and Francis M. Jiggins and Jonathan M. Read},
Cytoplasmic incompatibility between arthropods infected with different strains of Wolbachia has been proposed as an important mechanism for speciation. However, a basic requirement for this mechanism is the coexistence of different strains in neighbouring populations. Here we test whether this required coexistence is possible in a spatial context. Continuous-time models for the behaviour of one and two strains of Wolbachia within a single well-mixed population demonstrate the Allee effect and… CONTINUE READING


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