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Ploidy-level variation is common and can drastically affect organismal fitness. We focus on the potential consequences of this variation for parasite resistance. First, we elucidate connections between ploidy variation and key factors determining resistance, including allelic diversity, gene expression and physiological condition. We then argue that systems featuring both natural and artificially manipulated ploidy variation should be used to evaluate whether ploidy level influences host-parasite interactions.

Original publication

DOI

10.1098/rsbl.2011.1152

Type

Journal article

Journal

Biol Lett

Publication Date

23/08/2012

Volume

8

Pages

598 - 600

Keywords

Alleles, Animals, Evolution, Molecular, Fishes, Genetic Variation, Heterozygote, Host-Parasite Interactions, Ostreidae, Parasites, Polyploidy, X Chromosome