Host identity matters – up to a point: the community context of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis transmission

David Daversa, Jaime Bosch, Andy Fenton, Andrea Manica & Trent Garner
The level of detail on host communities needed to understand multi-host parasite invasions is an unresolved issue in disease ecology. Coarse community metrics that ignore functional differences between hosts, like host species richness, can be good predictors of invasion outcomes. Yet, if host species vary in the extent to which they maintain and transmit infections, then explicitly accounting for those differences may be important. Through controlled mesocosm experiments and modelling, we show that interspecific differences...
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