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Multi-model inference of non-random mating from an information theoretic approach
Antonio Carvajal-Rodríguez

Recommended by Sara Magalhaes and Alexandre Courtiol based on reviews by Alexandre Courtiol and 2 anonymous reviewers
Tell me who you mate with, I’ll tell you what’s going on

The study of sexual selection goes as far as Darwin himself. Since then, elaborate theories concerning both intra- and inter-sexual sexual have been developed, and elegant experiments have been designed to test this body of theory. It may thus come as a surprise that the community is still debating on the correct way to measure simple components of sexual selection, such as the Bateman gradient (i.e., the covariance between the number of matings and the number of offspring)[1,2], or to quantify ...

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Co-evolution of virulence and immunosuppression in multiple infections
Tsukushi Kamiya, Nicole Mideo, Samuel Alizon

Recommended by Sara Magalhaes based on reviews by 2 anonymous reviewers
Two parasites, virulence and immunosuppression: how does the whole thing evolve?

How parasite virulence evolves is arguably the most important question in both the applied and fundamental study of host-parasite interactions. Typically, this research area has been progressing through the formalization of the problem via mathematical modelling. This is because the question is a complex one, as virulence is both affected and affects several aspects of the host-parasite interaction. Moreover, the evolution of virulence is a problem in which ecology (epidemiology) and evolution (...

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Evolution of resistance to single and combined floral phytochemicals by a bumble bee parasite
Palmer-Young EC, Sadd BM, Adler LS

Recommended by Alison Duncan and Sara Magalhaes
The medicinal value of phytochemicals is hindered by pathogen evolution of resistance

As plants cannot run from their enemies, natural selection has favoured the evolution of diverse chemical compounds (phytochemicals) to protect them against herbivores and pathogens. This provides an opportunity for plant feeders to exploit these compounds to combat their own enemies. Indeed, it is widely known that herbivores use such compounds as protection against predators [1]. Recently, this reasoning has been extended to pathogens, and elegant studies have shown that some herbivores feed o...


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