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Fast-killing parasites can be favoured in spatially structured populations

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It is becoming increasingly clear that the evolution of infectious disease is influenced by host population structure. Theory predicts that parasites should be more ‘prudent’—less transmissible—in spatially structured host populations. However, here we (i) highlight how low transmission, the phenotype being selected for in this in context, may also be achieved by rapacious host exploitation, if fast host exploitation confers a local, within-host competitive advantage and (ii) test this novel ...

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Peer reviewed
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10.1098/rstb.2016.0096

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Leggett, HC More by this author
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Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
Buckling, A More by this author
Natural Environment Research Council More from this funder
AXA Research Fund More from this funder
Biotechnology and Biological Research Council More from this funder
Royal Society More from this funder
Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 More from this funder
Publisher:
Royal Society Publisher's website
Journal:
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences Journal website
Volume:
372
Issue:
1719
Pages:
20160096
Publication date:
2017-03-05
Acceptance date:
2016-06-21
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ISSN:
0962-8436 and 1471-2970
Pubs id:
pubs:687617
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uri:127fc47f-17ce-45df-8464-37802cc97033
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uuid:127fc47f-17ce-45df-8464-37802cc97033
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pubs:687617

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