Host specificity in phylogenetic and geographic space

Poulin, Robert, Krasnov, Boris R., and Mouillot, David (2011) Host specificity in phylogenetic and geographic space. Trends in Parasitology, 27 (8). pp. 355-361.

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The measurement of host specificity goes well beyond counting how many host species can successfully be used by a parasite. In particular, specificity can be assessed with respect to how closely related the host species are, or whether a parasite exploits the same or different hosts across its entire geographic range. Recent developments in the measurement of biodiversity offer a new set of analytical tools that can be used to quantify the many aspects of host specificity. We describe here the multifaceted nature of host specificity, summarize the indices available to measure its different facets one at a time or in combination, and discuss their implications for parasite evolution and disease epidemiology.

Item ID: 20760
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1471-5007
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2012 05:00
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0603 Evolutionary Biology > 060399 Evolutionary Biology not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960899 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity of Environments not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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