Revista U.D.C.A Actualidad & Divulgación Científica
Print version ISSN 0123-4226
RICO-HERNANDEZ, Guillermo. THE EVOLUTION OF HOST-PARASITE INTERACTIONS: COEVOLUTION, SEXUAL SELECTION AND OTHER SUGGESTED THEORIES. rev.udcaactual.divulg.cient. [online]. 2011, vol.14, n.2, pp. 119-130. ISSN 0123-4226.
This review summarizes the theoretical models of the parasitehost interactions, available in literature. Articles publishes in international journal specialized in parasitology and ecology were revised. Some theoretical and experimental studies on host-parasite interactions suggest evolutive and ecologic variations. The evolution of host-parasite interactions is not constrained to coevolutive considerations, it has direct effects on host life-history traits, sex evolution, reproductive behavior, sexual selection and even on gene exchange. Even though there is scarcity of evidence in the practice, the study of host-parasite interactions as modelling forces of the evolution and ecology of organisms is a milestone, it is clear in theory.
Keywords : Parasitism; theoretical models; sexual selection; evolutive theory.