Data from: Toxins or medicines? Phytoplankton diets mediate host and parasite fitness in a freshwater system

Kristel F. Sanchez, Naomi Huntley, Meghan A. Duffy & Mark D. Hunter
Diets must satisfy the everyday metabolic requirements of organisms and can also serve as medicines to combat disease. Currently, the medicinal role of diets is much better understood in terrestrial than in aquatic ecosystems. This is surprising because phytoplankton species synthesize secondary metabolites with known antimicrobial properties. Here, we investigated the medicinal properties of phytoplankton (including toxin-producing cyanobacteria) against parasites of the dominant freshwater herbivore, Daphnia. We fed Daphnia dentifera on green algae and toxic...
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