Condition, Disease and Immune Defence

@inproceedings{Mller1998ConditionDA,
  title={Condition, Disease and Immune Defence},
  author={Anders Pape M{\o}ller and Ph. Christe and Johannes Erritz{\o}e and Jes{\'u}s Mav{\'a}rez},
  year={1998}
}
Life-history traits and secondary sexual characters often demonstrate condition-dependence, and reproductive success thus ultimately appears to be determined by condition. Here we test the hypothesis that anti-parasite defence is condition-dependent and thus ultimately limits fitness. Animal hosts defend themselves against parasites by an efficient immune system that changes its activity level depending on level of infection. Since immune function is costly, as demonstrated by several field… CONTINUE READING

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