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Embracing Colonizations: A New Paradigm for Species Association Dynamics
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2018 (English)In: Trends in Ecology & Evolution, ISSN 0169-5347, E-ISSN 1872-8383, Vol. 33, no 1, p. 4-14Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Parasitehost and insectplant research have divergent traditions despite the fact that most phytophagous insects live parasitically on their host plants. In parasitology it is a traditional assumption that parasites are typically highly specialized; cospeciation between parasites and hosts is a frequently expressed default expectation. Insectplant theory has been more concerned with host shifts than with cospeciation, and more with hierarchies among hosts than with extreme specialization. We suggest that the divergent assumptions in the respective fields have hidden a fundamental similarity with an important role for potential as well as actual hosts, and hence for host colonizations via ecological fitting. A common research program is proposed which better prepares us for the challenges from introduced species and global change.

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2018. Vol. 33, no 1, p. 4-14
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-65967DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2017.10.005ISI: 000419242100002PubMedID: 29113696OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-65967DiVA: diva2:1177678
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