Host inflammatory response governs fitness in an avian ectoparasite, the northern fowl mite (Ornithonyssus sylviarum).

@article{Owen2009HostIR,
  title={Host inflammatory response governs fitness in an avian ectoparasite, the northern fowl mite (Ornithonyssus sylviarum).},
  author={Jeb P. Owen and Mary E. Delany and Carol J. Cardona and Arthur A Bickford and Bradley A. Mullens},
  journal={International journal for parasitology},
  year={2009},
  volume={39 7},
  pages={789-99}
}
Vertebrate immune responses to ectoparasites influence pathogen transmission and host fitness costs. Few studies have characterized natural immune responses to ectoparasites and resultant fitness effects on the ectoparasite. These are critical gaps in understanding vertebrate-ectoparasite interaction, disease ecology and host-parasite co-adaptation. This study focused on an ectoparasite of birds--the northern fowl mite (NFM) (Ornithonyssus sylviarum). Based on prior evidence that chickens… CONTINUE READING

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