Chapter Three – Host–Parasite Interactions and the Evolution of Immune Defense

Kenneth Wilson, Sheena C. Cotter

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Parasites and pathogens are ubiquitous and act as an important selection pressure on animals. Here, drawing primarily on our own research, mostly on insects, we illustrate how host-parasite interactions have played a role in the evolution of a range of phenomena, including animal coloration, social behavior, foraging ecology, sexual selection, and life-history tradeoffs, as well as how variation in host behavior and ecology can drive variation in parasitism risk and host allocation of resources to immunity and other antiparasite defenses. We conclude by identifying key areas for future study.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in the Study of Behavior
EditorsJane Brockmann, Timothy J. Roper, Marc Naguib, John C. Mitani, Leigh W. Simmons, Louise Barrett
Number of pages94
ISBN (Print)978-0-12-407186-5
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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