Timing of transmission and the evolution of virulence of an insect virus.

@article{Cooper2002TimingOT,
  title={Timing of transmission and the evolution of virulence of an insect virus.},
  author={Vaughn S. Cooper and Michael H Reiskind and Jonathan Israel Miller and Kirsten A Shelton and Bruno A. Walther and Joseph S. Elkinton and Paul W. Ewald},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2002},
  volume={269 1496},
  pages={
          1161-5
        }
}
We used the nuclear polyhedrosis virus of the gypsy moth, Lymantria dispar, to investigate whether the timing of transmission influences the evolution of virulence. In theory, early transmission should favour rapid replication and increase virulence, while late transmission should favour slower replication and reduce virulence. We tested this prediction by subjecting one set of 10 virus lineages to early transmission (Early viruses) and another set to late transmission (Late viruses). Each… CONTINUE READING
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