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Research Article

Disease Dynamics in a Specialized Parasite of Ant Societies

  • Sandra B. Andersen mail,

    SBAndersen@bio.ku.dk (SBA); DPHughes@psu.edu (DPH)

    Affiliation: Centre for Social Evolution, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

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  • Matthew Ferrari,

    Affiliation: Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics, Penn State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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  • Harry C. Evans,

    Affiliations: CAB International, E-UK, Egham, Surrey, United Kingdom, Department of Entomology, Federal University of Viçosa, Viçosa, Brazil

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  • Simon L. Elliot,

    Affiliation: Department of Entomology, Federal University of Viçosa, Viçosa, Brazil

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  • Jacobus J. Boomsma,

    Affiliation: Centre for Social Evolution, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

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  • David P. Hughes mail

    SBAndersen@bio.ku.dk (SBA); DPHughes@psu.edu (DPH)

    Affiliation: Department of Entomology and Department of Biology, Penn State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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  • Published: May 02, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0036352

About the Authors

Sandra B. Andersen, Jacobus J. Boomsma
Centre for Social Evolution, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Matthew Ferrari
Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics, Penn State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Harry C. Evans
CAB International, E-UK, Egham, Surrey, United Kingdom
Harry C. Evans, Simon L. Elliot
Department of Entomology, Federal University of Viçosa, Viçosa, Brazil
David P. Hughes
Department of Entomology and Department of Biology, Penn State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Corresponding Authors

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: SBA DPH. Performed the experiments: SBA HCE SLE DPH. Analyzed the data: SBA MF JJB DPH. Wrote the paper: SBA MF HCE SLE JJB DPH. Modelling: MF.