Uncertain links in host–parasite networks: lessons for parasite transmission in a multi-host system

@inproceedings{Walker2017UncertainLI,
  title={Uncertain links in host–parasite networks: lessons for parasite transmission in a multi-host system},
  author={Josephine G Walker and Michaela Plein and Eric R Morgan and Peter A Vesk},
  booktitle={Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences},
  year={2017}
}
For many parasites, the full set of hosts that are susceptible to infection is not known, and this could lead to a bias in estimates of transmission. We used counts of individual adult parasites from historical parasitology studies in southern Africa to map a bipartite network of the nematode parasites of herbivore hosts that occur in Botswana. Bipartite networks are used in community ecology to represent interactions across trophic levels. We used a Bayesian hierarchical model to predict the… CONTINUE READING
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