Data from: Host-parasite coevolution favours parasite genetic diversity and horizontal gene transfer

Carsten Makus, Hinrich Schulenburg & Rebecca D. Schulte
Host-parasite coevolution is predicted to favour genetic diversity and the underlying mechanisms (e.g., sexual reproduction and, more generally, genetic exchange), because diversity enhances the antagonists' potential for rapid adaptation. To date, this prediction has mainly been tested and confirmed for the host. It should similarly apply to the parasite. Indeed, our previous work demonstrated that experimental coevolution between the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans and its microparasite Bacillus thuringiensis selects for genetic diversity in both antagonists. For...

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