Inbreeding and measures of immune function in the cricket Teleogryllus commodus
Studies of sexual selection and immunity in invertebrates often assay components of the immune system (e.g., encapsulation response, hemocyte counts) to estimate disease resistance. Because increased disease resistance is thought to enhance fitness in most cases, we might expect a positive relationship between fitness and measured immune function. Indeed, several studies have shown that measures of immunity are correlated with fitness enhancing traits. We used inbreeding to investigate the...[Show more]
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