Frontiers in Microbiology
Centre for Precision Health / School of Medical and Health Sciences
Xuzhou Key R&D Plan Social Development Project (Grant No. KC22300) / Jiangsu Qinglan Project (2022)
The intriguing sit-and-wait hypothesis predicts that “virulence should be positively correlated with durability in the external environment because high durability reduces the dependence of transmission on host mobility” (Walther and Ewald, 2004) (Figure 1). Since the hypothesis was first proposed in the late 20th century (Ewald, 1983), both theoretical and computational studies have been reporting the relationships between environmental durability and microbial virulence (Sundberg et al., 2014; Wang et al., 2017, 2018, 2019a,b, 2020; Rafaluk-Mohr, 2019; Li et al., 2021) [...].
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