|Co-evolution of virulence and immunosuppression in multiple infections|
Tsukushi Kamiya, Nicole Mideo, Samuel Alizon
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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 (...
|2016-12-14 ||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 . Recently, this reasoning has been extended to pathogens, and elegant studies have shown that some herbivores feed o...