Thu, 11/29/2018 | colloquium

Dr. Amanda Kyle Gibson

Department of Biology, Emory University, Atlanta, USA
29. Nov
29th November 2018, 2.00 pm
colloquium

Dr. Amanda Kyle Gibson

Lecture hall, Müggelseedamm 310, 12587 Berlin

Common clones: parasite adaptation in heterogeneous host populations

How do parasites adapt to their ever-changing host populations? And can hosts escape this relentless adaptation by their parasites? A common assumption is that parasites adapt to infect the host genotypes that are most common in a population. I'll begin by testing this assumption using experimental evolution with nematodes and bacteria in the lab. I'll then apply this idea to a natural host-parasite interaction in the field by testing for rapid parasite evolution in a biological control system. Finally, I'll share some preliminary data on the hypothesis that hosts can escape these relentlessly adapting parasites in space, by rampant dispersal. 

 

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