The geography of defence Academic Article uri icon


  • Parasites are not randomly distributed among and within host species and populations (see Poulin and Krasnov and Bordes et al. 2009 in this volume for examples) and, as parasites affect host fitness, one may expect that host defence may vary among hosts and according to host geographical distribution in association with differential parasitic pressures or parasite diversity. Hence, one may think that describing patterns of parasite distribution should be sufficient to predict the level of host defence. However, this prediction is not easily and …

publication date

  • July 1, 2010