Short-sighted evolution of virulence in parasitic honeybee workers (Apis mellifera capensis Esch.)

Show simple item record Moritz, Robin F.A. Pirk, Christian Walter Werner Hepburn, H. Randall Neumann, Peter 2009-05-09T07:54:46Z 2009-05-09T07:54:46Z 2008
dc.description.abstract The short-sighted selection hypothesis for parasite virulence predicts that winners of within-host competition are poorer at transmission to new hosts. Social parasitism by self-replicating, female-producing workers occurs in the Cape honeybee Apis mellifera capensis, and colonies of other honeybee subspecies are susceptible hosts. We found high within-host virulence but low transmission rates in a clone of social parasitic A. m. capensis workers invading the neighbouring subspecies A. m. scutellata. In contrast, parasitic workers from the endemic range of A. m. capensis showed low within-host virulence but high transmission rates. This suggests a short-sighted selection scenario for the host–parasite co-evolution in the invasive range of the Cape honeybee, probably facilitated by beekeeping-assisted parasite transmission in apiaries. en_US
dc.identifier.citation Moritz, RFA, Pirk, CWW, Hepburn, HR & Neumann, P 2008, ‘Short-sighted evolution of virulence in parasitic honeybee workers ( Apis mellifera capensis Esch.)’, Naturwissenscaften, vol. 95, no. 6, pp. 507-513. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1432-1904
dc.identifier.other 10.1007/s00114-008-0351-6
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Springer en_US
dc.rights Springer. The original publication is available at en_US
dc.subject Apis mellifera capensis en_US
dc.subject Short-sighted selection en_US
dc.subject Social parasitism en_US
dc.subject Worker reproduction en_US
dc.subject Within-host virulence en
dc.subject Honeybee (Apis mellifera) en
dc.subject.lcsh Evolution en
dc.subject.lcsh Virulence (Microbiology) en
dc.title Short-sighted evolution of virulence in parasitic honeybee workers (Apis mellifera capensis Esch.) en_US
dc.type Postprint Article en_US

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