Javascript is not activated in your browser. This website needs javascript activated to work properly.
You are here

Resistance and tolerance in animal enemy-victim coevolution

  • Erik Svensson
  • Lars Råberg
Publishing year: 2010
Language: English
Pages: 267-274
Publication/Series: Trends in Ecology & Evolution
Volume: 25
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Elsevier

Abstract english

Victim defence against enemies can be divided into resistance (minimizing successful enemy attacks) and tolerance (minimizing the fitness impact of enemy attacks). Although resistance has a negative effect on enemy fitness, tolerance, by this definition, does not necessarily; the relative importance of resistance and tolerance within a population might therefore affect enemy-victim coevolution. Resistance and tolerance have been distinguished in studies of plant defence, whereas most studies of antagonistic interactions in animals have focused on resistance, neglecting tolerance. We suggest that tolerance is also an important means of defence in animal victim-enemy interactions such as brood parasitism, mating interactions and territoriality. We discuss the potential coevolutionary consequences of tolerance variation in these animal enemy-victim interactions.


  • Biological Sciences


  • Molecular Ecology and Evolution Lab
  • ISSN: 1872-8383
E-mail: erik [dot] svensson [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se


Evolutionary ecology

+46 46 222 38 19



Centre for Animal Movement Research
Evolutionary Ecology, Department of Biology
Ecology building S-223 62 Lund Sweden