Data from: Vertically transmitted symbiont reduces host fitness along temperature gradient

Eike Dusi, Sascha Krenek, Martina Schrallhammer, René Sachse, Gisep Rauch, Oliver Kaltz, Thomas Berendonk & T. U. Berendonk
Parasites with exclusive vertical transmission from host parent to offspring are an evolutionary puzzle. With parasite fitness entirely linked to host reproduction, any fitness cost for infected hosts risks their selective elimination. Environmental conditions likely influence parasite impact, and thereby the success of purely vertical transmission strategies. We tested for temperature-dependent virulence of Caedibacter taeniospiralis, a vertically transmitted bacterial symbiont of the protozoan Paramecium tetraurelia. We compared growth of infected and cured host populations at...
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