The Role of Parasites in Plant Populations and Communities

  • J. J. Burdon
Part of the Praktische Zahnmedizin Odonto-Stomatologie Pratique Practical Dental Medicine book series (SSE, volume 99)


All parasites have the potential to induce marked changes in the dynamics of host populations through the action of the generalized selective forces of increased mortality, reduced fecundity and lowered competitive ability. Agricultural experience has underlined the debilitating effects that parasitic plants, nematodes, fungi, bacteria and viruses may have on host plants, but this provides little guide to their importance in the far more diverse and unpredictable world of natural ecosystems.


Rust Fungus Parasitic Plant Crown Rust Cereal Cyst Nematode Cryphonectria Parasitica 
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