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Volume 6, Number 4—August 2000

Perspective

Male-Killing Bacteria in Insects: Mechanisms, Incidence, and Implications

Gregory D.D. Hurst and Francis M. Jiggins

Author affiliations: University College London, United Kingdom

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Table 2

Factors affecting the prevalence of male-killing bacteria

Increase Decrease
Decreased rate of inbreeding suffered by female hosts Inefficiency in vertical transmission
Increased access to early resources through consumption of dead sibling male hosts Direct physiologic costs of infection
Increased access to resources due to reduced competition, following death of sibling male hosts Local extinction of groups having a high prevalence of male-killers
Direct physiologic benefits of infection

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