Data from: Life‐history correlations change under coinfection leading to higher pathogen load
Laine, Anna-Liisa; Mäkinen, Hannu (2018), Data from: Life‐history correlations change under coinfection leading to higher pathogen load, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.gh337n5
The ability of a parasite strain to establish and grow on its host may be drastically altered by simultaneous infection by other parasite strains. However, we still lack an understanding of how life‐history allocations may change under coinfection, although life‐history correlations are a critical mechanism restricting the evolutionary potential and epidemiological dynamics of pathogens. Here, we study how life‐history stages and their correlations change in the obligate fungal pathogen Podosphaera plantaginis under single infection and coinfection scenarios. We find increased pathogen loads under coinfection, but this is not explained by an enhanced performance at any of the life‐history stages that constitute infections. Instead, we show that under coinfection the correlation between timing of sporulation and final pathogen load becomes positive. The changes in pathogen life‐history allocations leading to more severe infections under coinfection can have far‐reaching epidemiological consequences, as well as implication for our understanding of the evolution of virulence.