Experimental habitat fragmentation disrupts host-parasite interaction over decades via life-cycle bottlenecks

Matthew Bitters, Matthew Bitters, Jacqui Meyers, Julian Resasco, Stephen Sarre, Kika Tuff & Kendi Davies
Habitat loss and fragmentation are likely to seriously impact parasites, a less studied but critical component of ecosystems, yet we lack long-term experimental evidence. Parasites structure communities, increase connectivity in food webs, and account for a large proportion of an ecosystem’s total biomass. Food web models predict that parasites with multiple obligate hosts are at greater risk of extinction because the local extinction, or reduction in abundance, of any host will result in a life-cycle...
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