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Marine parasites secretly nibble from their hosts

Parasitic copepods that were thought to use their marine hosts as a foothold and to steal food from their intestinal tract, now turn out to use a mixed feeding style to feed on both the host and its food. By applying a novel molecular method to determine parasite-host feeding relationships, marine researchers from NIOZ shed new light on parasites within food chains and how they affect their hosts. Their study was published in the scientific magazine Oikos on 19 August 2021.

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