Host-parasite interactions and the evolution of immune defense

Wilson, Kenneth and Cotter, Sheena C. (2013) Host-parasite interactions and the evolution of immune defense. Advances in the Study of Behavior, 45 . pp. 81-174. ISSN 0065-3454

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Parasites and pathogens are ubiquitous and act as an important selection pressure on animals. Here, drawing primarily on our own research, mostly on insects, we illustrate how host-parasite interactions have played a role in the evolution of a range of phenomena, including animal coloration, social behavior, foraging ecology, sexual selection and life-history trade-offs, as well as how variation in host behavior and ecology can drive variation in parasitism risk and host allocation of resources to immunity and other anti-parasite defenses. We conclude by identifying key areas for future study.

Keywords:Density-dependent prophylaxis, DDP, geometric framework, group-living, immunity, immunocompetence, melanism, nutrition, parasite, pathogen, resistance, sex-biased parasitism., bmjtype
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C550 Immunology
C Biological Sciences > C360 Pest Science
C Biological Sciences > C111 Parasitology
C Biological Sciences > C182 Evolution
C Biological Sciences > C150 Environmental Biology
C Biological Sciences > C340 Entomology
C Biological Sciences > C120 Behavioural Biology
C Biological Sciences > C180 Ecology
C Biological Sciences > C300 Zoology
C Biological Sciences > C100 Biology
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life Sciences
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Deposited On:17 Nov 2014 15:31

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