The role of sex in parasite dynamics: model simulations on transmission of Heligmosomoides polygyrus in populations of yellow-necked mice, Apodemus flavicollis.

@article{Ferrari2007TheRO,
  title={The role of sex in parasite dynamics: model simulations on transmission of Heligmosomoides polygyrus in populations of yellow-necked mice, Apodemus flavicollis.},
  author={Nicola Ferrari and Roberto Ros{\`a} and Andrea Pugliese and Peter J. Hudson},
  journal={International journal for parasitology},
  year={2007},
  volume={37 3-4},
  pages={341-9}
}
We investigated possible mechanisms that could cause sex-biased parasite transmission of the helminth Heligmosomoides polygyrus in its rodent host, Apodemus flavicollis, using a modelling approach. Two, not mutually exclusive, hypotheses were examined: that sex-biased parasite transmission is caused by differences in immunity that influence the success of free-living stages and/or is caused by sex differences in host behaviour and the dissemination of infective stages. Model simulations were… CONTINUE READING

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