Experimental parasite community ecology

Are experimental approaches a useful way at looking at community assembly of parasites? The answer is obviously yes after you read the neat paper by Banesh and Kalbe that just came out in Animal Ecology.  I really like their blend of semi-field ( fish in cages exposed to natural parasites) and lab experiments, and how they compared low/high growth populations. A nice and simple parasite community with a neat experimental design with some nice results – a great way to start Friday morning.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1365-2656.12527/full

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