Capture stress and the bactericidal competence of blood and plasma in five species of tropical birds.

@article{Matson2006CaptureSA,
  title={Capture stress and the bactericidal competence of blood and plasma in five species of tropical birds.},
  author={Kevin D. Matson and B Irene Tieleman and Kirk C. Klasing},
  journal={Physiological and biochemical zoology : PBZ},
  year={2006},
  volume={79 3},
  pages={
          556-64
        }
}
In wild birds, relatively little is known about intra- or interspecific variation in immunological capabilities, and even less is known about the effects of stress on immune function. Immunological assays adaptable to field settings and suitable for a wide variety of taxa will prove most useful for addressing these issues. We describe a novel application of an in vitro technique that measures the intrinsic bacteria-killing abilities of blood. We assessed the capacities of whole blood and plasma… CONTINUE READING
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