Dan Benesh: The evolution of complex parasite life cycles

  • Datum: 21.09.2016
  • Uhrzeit: 16:00 - 17:00
  • Ort: MPI Plön
  • Raum: Hörsaal
  • Gastgeber: Manfred Milinski

Abstract (auf Englisch):

Parasitic worms can have spectacularly bizarre life cycles.Complex parasite life cycles, in which multiple hosts are infected insuccession, are puzzling, because at each step of the cycle parasites risk notbeing transmitted to their next host. Yet, complex life cyclesare the rule among parasitic worms. I will discuss why parasites might benefitfrom adding hosts into their life cycle. I will also talk about ways parasitesimprove the chances of completing their life cycles, such by manipulating theirhosts and by optimizing their life history strategy.

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