Resolving the infection process reveals striking differences in the contribution of environment, genetics and phylogeny to host-parasite interactions

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Abstract

Infection processes consist of a sequence of steps, each critical for the interaction between host and parasite. Studies of host-parasite interactions rarely take into account the fact that different steps might be influenced by different factors and might, therefore, make different contributions to shaping coevolution. We designed a new method using the Daphnia magna - Pasteuria ramosa system, one of the rare examples where coevolution has been documented, in order to resolve the steps of the infection and analyse the factors that influence each of them.

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Duneau, D., Luijckx, P., Ben-Ami, F., Laforsch, C., & Ebert, D. (2011). Resolving the infection process reveals striking differences in the contribution of environment, genetics and phylogeny to host-parasite interactions. BMC Biology, 9. https://doi.org/10.1186/1741-7007-9-11

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