Parasite-host ecology: case studies in population dynamics, life- history evolution and community structure

A. E. Keymer, R. D. Gregory, P. H. Harvey, A. F. Read, A. Skorping

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Abstract

Discusses the population dynamics of the interaction between Heligmosomoides polygyrus (an intestinal nematode) and wood mouse Apodemus sylvaticus. The parasite has a significant impact on the population growth of the host. Co-variation was studied between life-history traits among nematodes of the mammalian intestinal tract; patterns are interpreted with reference to factors influencing the age at which the parasites first begin to reproduce. An analysis of host life-history and ecology as determinants of parasite community structure in avian hosts is also presented. Host body weight is the only significant associate of the number of different parasites recorded from each species of bird. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-118
Number of pages14
JournalActa Oecologica
Volume12
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation

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