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Nematode egg-shells

  • David Wharton (a1)

The transmission of parasites often involves a high mortality of free-living stages in the environment outside the host. This may be offset by a high biotic potential. In addition, adaptations of nematode eggs and larvae that ensure their survival or increase their chances of infecting a host will reduce the potential wastage rate. Increasing transmission will have an effect equivalent to increasing the fecundity of the parasite and, energetically, may be the more favourable strategy.

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