Condition dependence of pheromones and immune function in the grain beetle Tenebrio molitor

  title={Condition dependence of pheromones and immune function in the grain beetle Tenebrio molitor},
  author={Markus J. Rantala and Raine Kortet and Janne S. Kotiaho and Anssi Vainikka and Jukka Suhonen},
  journal={Functional Ecology},
Summary 1. Pheromones are chemical signals that function not only as mate attractors, but may also relay important information to prospective mates. In order for the information to be reliable, the signal must be costly to produce and this is likely to result in condition dependent expression of the signal. 2. We present results from two experiments on the grain beetle Tenebrio molitor examining phenotypic condition dependence of pheromones and patterns of female preference for pheromones. We… 

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