Brood size and environmental conditions sex-specifically affect nestling immune response in the European starling Sturnus v ulgaris

@inproceedings{Chin2005BroodSA,
  title={Brood size and environmental conditions sex-specifically affect nestling immune response in the European starling Sturnus v ulgaris},
  author={Eunice H. Chin and Oliver P Love and Alison M. Clark and Tony D Williams},
  year={2005}
}
In sexually size-dimorphic species, the larger sex can be more sensitive to stressful environmental conditions, often resulting in reduced growth and elevated mortality rates. Development of the immune system is regarded as highly resource dependent, and recent data suggest that nestling passerines experience a possible resource-based trade-off between growth and immunity. Given the hypothesized importance of maximizing growth for the larger sex, the corresponding immune system may also exhibit… CONTINUE READING

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