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Molecular Ecology (2007) 16 , 1327–1339doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2007.03234.x© 2007 The AuthorsJournal compilation © 2007 Blackwell Publishing Ltd Blackwell Publishing Ltd Natural variation in the genetic architecture of a host–parasite interaction in the bumblebee Bombus terrestris L. WILFERT, * J. GADAU, † B. BAER ‡ and P. SCHMID-HEMPEL * * ETH Zürich, Institute for Integrative Biology (IBZ), Experimental Ecology Group, ETH-Zentrum CHN, CH-8092 Zürich, Switzerland, † School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287–4501, USA, ‡ Zoology Building, School of Animal Biology (MO92), The University of Western Australia, Nedlands, WA 6009, Australia AbstractThe genetic architecture of fitness-relevant traits in natural populations is a topic that hasremained almost untouched by quantitative genetics. Given the importance of parasitismfor the host’s fitness, we used QTL mapping to study the genetic architecture of traitsrelevant for host–parasite interactions in the trypanos...