Parasitism dramatically alters the ecosystem services provided by freshwater mussels

Joshua Brian, Sam Reynolds & David Aldridge
Parasites can indirectly affect ecosystem function by altering host phenotype, but the trait-mediated impacts of parasitism at an ecosystem level remain poorly characterised. However, understanding the influence of parasites is central to understanding the ecosystem services provided by host species, especially in an era of global environmental change. We examined the effect of native (the trematode Rhipidocotyle campanula) and invasive (the bitterling fish Rhodeus amarus) parasites, and their interaction, on the clearance rates of unionid...
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