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1 Species Interactions

2 Interactions n Populations do not exist in isolation. n All populations are tightly linked to other populations that share the same habitat.

3 Parasitism n Parasites are extremely diverse. n All parasites acquire resources from their host. This is always detrimental to the host. A “coevolutionary arms race” exists between parasites and their hosts. Parasites develop better ways to attack and use the host, while hosts develop better defenses. Example: Plasmodium and the human immune system. (Fig. 49.3a,b) Parasites can manipulate the behavior of their host. (Fig. 49.4)

4 1437 nm Figure 49.1 middle

5 Human host 1. Sporozoites are injected from salivary gland of mosquito into human. 2. Sporozoites reproduce asexually to form merozoites in human liver. 3. Merozoites are released into blood- stream where they infect red blood cells. 5. Merozoites surviving human immune system become male or female gametocytes. 6. When a mosquito bites the human host, gametocytes enter the mosquito as part of a blood meal. 8. After meiosis, resulting cells develop into sporozoites and migrate to salivary glands. Mosquito host 7. Male and female gametocytes fuse in mosquito’s gut. Gametocytes Sporozoites in salivary glands Gut 4. Merozoites reproduce asexually until they cause red blood cells to rupture (causing anemia in human host).

6 Cytotoxic T cell Infected liver cell HUMAN IMMUNE DEFENSE AGAINST PLASMODIUM Plasmodium sporozoites HLA-B53 Healthy liver cell HLA-B53 Infected liver cell cp26 protein from Plasmodium 1. Healthy liver cell has an HLA-B53 protein on its membrane. 2. HLA-B53 protein displays cp26 protein from Plasmodium, indicating that the liver cell is infected. 3. Cytotoxic T cell recognizes HLA-B53 and cp26 complex. 4. Cytotoxic T cell kills liver cell before merozoites are produced. Dead liver cell Cytotoxic T cell

7 In The Gambia, West Africa, different strains of Plasmodium have different versions of the cp protein. How successful are these different strains at infecting people? Infection rate Plasmodium strain Interpretation cp26Low HLA-B53 binds to these proteins. Immune response is effective. cp29Low cp26 and cp29 strains together High Immune response fails when these strains infect the same person. HLA-B53 does not bind to these proteins. Immune response is not as effective. cp27 cp28 High Average

8 Birds that prey on snails are the next host for the parasite Infected snails move to open sunny areas; tentacles wiggle. Uninfected snails stay in shaded areas; tentacles do not wiggle.

9 Predation n When predation occurs, a predator kills and consumes a prey individual. n Predators can regulate prey populations and/or reduce them to below carrying capacity. n Prey have a wide array of mechanisms that they use to defend themselves from predation. n Keystone predators are those that have an exceptionally great impact on all the other surrounding species.

10 Regulated prey population Time Population fluctuates within a narrow range Carrying capacity Prey population size

11 Time Predator behavior Prey population size

12 15 20 10 Predation rate (number of moose killed/moose density) 5 0 HighMediumLow Moose density

13 Camouflage

14 Mimicry

15 Weapons

16 Prey and predator

17 Correlation between predation rate and prey defense Attachment strength (N) Shell mass (g) Low predationHigh predation Low predation Site type

18 Is prey defense induced by presence of predator? Are mussel defenses induced by the presence of crabs? Are mussel defenses induced by the presence of broken mussel shells? Seawater Crab (fed fish, not mussels) Mussels No crab Broken mussel shells Intact mussel shells Shell thickness HIGHShell thickness LOWShell thickness HIGHShell thickness LOW Yes

19 Keystone predator present

20 Keystone predator absent

21 Keystone predator present

22 Keystone predator absent

23 Herbivory n Unlike predators, herbivores are plant-eaters that remove tissue from their prey, but rarely kill them.

24 Predator Herbivore Primary producer (plants) Figure 49.11

25 Competition n Competition is detrimental to both of the individuals or species involved because it reduces available resources. n Every species has a unique niche, or set of habitat requirements. Competition occurs when niches overlap. Competitive exclusion results when niches completely overlap. Coexistence is possible if niches do not overlap completely and the species involved partition the available resources. Coexistence is also possible if other factors serve to limit the better competitor in some way.

26 One species eats seeds of one size range Number consumed Seed size

27 Partial niche overlap: competition for seeds of intermediate size Species 1 Species 2 Number consumed Seed size

28 Complete niche overlap Species 1: Strong competitor Species 2: Weak competitor, driven to extinction Number consumed Seed size

29 Consumptive competition occurs when organisms compete for the same resources. These trees are competing for nitrogen and other nutrients.

30 Preemptive competition occurs when individuals occupy space and prevent access to resources by other individuals. The space preempted by these barnacles is unavailable to competitors.

31 Overgrowth competition occurs when an organism grows over another, blocking access to resources. This large fern has overgrown other individuals and is shading them.

32 Chemical competition occurs when one species produces toxins that negatively affect another. Note how few plants are growing under these Salvia shrubs.

33 Territorial competition occurs when mobile organisms protect a feeding or breeding territory. These red-winged blackbirds are displaying to each other at a territorial boundary.

34 Encounter competition occurs when organisms interfere directly with each other’s access to specific resources. Here, spotted hyenas and vultures fight over a kill.

35 Mutualism n Mutualism is a type of interaction that is beneficial to both species involved. n It does not involve altruism. The benefits are a by-product of each species’ own self-interest. n The costs and benefits of mutualism vary widely between partners, over time, and from one area to the next.

36 Mutualism between ants and fungus

37 Mutualism between fish

38 Treehopper excreting honeydew, which is harvested by ants

39 Are ants beneficial to treehoppers? 1000 m 2 study plot Plants with ants Plants with ants removed

40 100 80 60 40 20 0 Plants with ants Plants without ants 20 2530 5 1020 AugustJuly Average number of young treehoppers per plant Which treatment contained more treehoppers?

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