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specificity

[‚spes·ə′fis·əd·ē]
(chemistry)
The selective reactivity that occurs between substances, such as between an antigen and its corresponding antibody.
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In this scenario, morphological host specificity arises as a response to environmental exposure rather than to a host cue itself (Moran, 1992).
Host specificity, host location and dispersal: experimental conclusions from freshwater mites (Unionicola spp.
Patterns of host specificity and transmission among parasites of wild primates.
High host specificity, extremely high prevalence and infection intensity in European dreissenids, and relative ease of sampling make this ciliate a very convenient model to address numerous fundamental questions relating to symbiosis and commensalism.
Unfortunately, little is known of the host specificity of the hippoboscid and ceratopogonid vectors of Haemoproteus or of the parasites themselves.
Many amblemines produce conglutinates, which often mimic specific fish food items, suggesting host specificity (Chamberlain, 1934; Haag et al.
The state of knowledge regarding the host specificity of tropical insects is still rudimentary at best.
ovaticeps/alfari and Camponotus balzani are indeed recent and secondary associates of Cecropia, these ants may simply not have had an opportunity to evolve strong host specificity (or in the case of C.
HBV has a very narrow host specificity, and infects only a few non-human primates in addition to humans.
A short note on host specificity of the genus Cornudiscoides is also being discussed herein along with key to species (Indian).
The leaf surface of tropical soda apple and other Solanaceae: implications for the larval host specificity of the tortoise beetle Gratiana boliviana, pp.
If Nycteribiidae bat flies serve as the vector for Bartonella transmission between bats as hypothesized, then the high host specificity of these vectors (8) could explain why little infection is spilling over to other species.