Data from: Poor resource quality lowers transmission potential by changing foraging behaviour

Rachel M. Penczykowski, Brian C. P. Lemanski, Robert Drew Sieg, Spencer R. Hall, Jessica Housley Ochs, Julia Kubanek & Meghan A. Duffy
Resource quality can have conflicting effects on the spread of disease. High quality resources could hinder disease spread by promoting host immune function. Alternatively, high quality food might enhance the spread of disease through other traits of hosts or parasites. Thus, to assess how resource quality shapes epidemics, we need to delineate mechanisms by which food quality affects key epidemiological traits. Here, we disentangle effects of food quality on ‘transmission potential’ – a key component...

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