Self-Medication in Crayfish

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Many animals self-medicate. However, few studies investigate the potential ecological impacts of self-medication. Crayfish, being a keystone species, are an excellent choice for determining how self-medication can impact the ecosystem. My project will determine if crayfish alter food preferences with differing loads of the parasite Microphallus spp. If there is a change in crayfish food preference with parasite load, it could indicate that crayfish do self-medicate. If this is proven, I will be able to do further work determining how this impacts the ecosystem.
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