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Parasitol Today. 1989 Jun;5(6):176-83.

The role of parasites in regulating host abundance.

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Institute of Parasitology, Macdonald College of McGill University, 21, 111 Lakeshore Road, Ste-Anne de Bellevue, Quebec, Canada H9X 1C0.

Abstract

It has been 11 years since Anderson and May demonstrated the theoretical ability of helminth parasites to regulate host population abundance. In this review we consider how their work has advanced our understanding of the role of parasites in host populations. In particular Marilyn Scott and Andy Dobson consider three questions. What is meant by regulation? Is there empirical evidence that parasites can regulate host population abundance? Is it possible to predict the sort of host parasite association where one is most likely to be able to detect parasites as a major regulatory force?

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