|Title||Competition between strains of Borrelia afzelii inside the rodent host and the tick vector.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2018|
|Authors||Genne D, Sarr A, Gomez-Chamorro A, Durand J, Cayol C, Rais O, Voordouw M|
|Journal||Proc Biol Sci|
Competition in the rodent host reduced strain-specific host-to-tick transmission and competition in the tick vector reduced the abundance of both strains. The strain that was competitively superior in host-to-tick transmission was competitively inferior with respect to bacterial abundance in the tick. This study suggests that in multiple-strain vector-borne pathogens there are trade-offs in competitive ability between the vertebrate host and the arthropod vector. Such trade-offs could play an important role in the coexistence of pathogen strains.