Immune suppression and the cost of reproduction in the ground cricket, Allonemobius socius.

@article{Fedorka2004ImmuneSA,
  title={Immune suppression and the cost of reproduction in the ground cricket, Allonemobius socius.},
  author={Kenneth M. Fedorka and Marlene Zuk and Timothy Alexander Mousseau},
  journal={Evolution; international journal of organic evolution},
  year={2004},
  volume={58 11},
  pages={2478-85}
}
One of the most common life history trade-offs in animals is the reduction in survivorship with increasing reproductive effort. Despite the prevalence of this pattern, its underlying physiological mechanisms are not well understood. Here we test the hypothesis that immune suppression mediates this phenotypic trade-off by manipulating reproductive effort and measuring immune function and mortality rates in the striped ground cricket, Allonemobius socius. Because A. socius males provide females… CONTINUE READING