December, 2008
Volume 23, Issue 12

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Volume 23, Issue 12

Two articles in this issue focus on host-parasite interactions. In an Opinion on pp. 673–678, David Hughes, Naomi Pierce and Jacobus Boomsma discuss how the ‘homeostatic fortress’ of a social insect colony influences the evolution of symbionts, and draw parallels between such colonies and long-lived trees. On pp 679–686, Luke Barrett, Peter Thrall, Jeremy Burdon and Celeste Linde review how the life-history and spatial structure of both hosts and parasites affect the evolutionary potential and demographic history of parasitic organisms. Many of the patterns described have been explored using plant pathogens as a study system. Cover image: © Danita Delimont/Alamy, cover design by Philip Patenall.

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    Katrina A. Lythgoe
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    Lara Crow
    Mat McCutcheon
    Philip Patenall
    Neill Sharp

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Capturing escape in infectious disease dynamics
Sarah Cobey , and Katia Koelle
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