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Hosts use altered macronutrient intake to circumvent parasite-induced reduction in fecundity

Ponton, Fleur; Lalubin, Fabrice; Fromont, Caroline; Wilson, Kenneth; Behm, Carolyn; Simpson, Stephen J.


Explanations for the evolution of pathogen-induced fecundity reduction usually rely on a common principle: the trade-off between host longevity and reproduction. Recent advances in nutritional research have, however, challenged this assumption and shown that longevity and reproduction are not inextricably linked. In this study, we showed that beetles infected by cysticercoids of the tapeworm Hymenolepis diminuta increased their total food intake and, more particularly, their carbohydrate...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: International Journal for Parasitology
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpara.2010.06.007


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