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Detection of density-dependent growth and fecundity of helminths in natural infections

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  • Density-dependent constraints on parasite growth, survival or reproduction are thought to be important in preventing the unchecked increase in parasite numbers within individual hosts or host populations. While it is important to know where, and with what severity, density dependence is acting within the parasite life-cycle, interpretation of data from natural infections is difficult. In this paper, we present a Monte Carlo simulation technique for examining such data for evidence of density dependence. We also describe how this technique may be used to distinguish among mechanisms hypothesized to generate density-dependent phenomena.

  • Date created
    1993
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  • Type of Item
    Article (Published)
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3CR5NP8F
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    Copyright 1993 Cambridge University Press
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    • Shostak, A. W., & Scott, M. E. (1993). Detection of density-dependent growth and fecundity of helminths in natural infections. Parasitology, 106 ( Pt 5)(5), 527-539.