Immunity in a Social Insect

@article{Rosengaus1999ImmunityIA,
  title={Immunity in a Social Insect},
  author={Rebeca B. Rosengaus and James F. A. Traniello and Tammy Chen and Julie J. Brown and Richard D. Karp},
  journal={Naturwissenschaften},
  year={1999},
  volume={86},
  pages={588-591}
}
Abstract Although pathogens appear to have exerted significant selective pressure on various aspects of sociality, mechanisms of disease resistance in the social insects are poorly understood. We report here on an immune response to infection by the dampwood termite, Zootermopsis angusticollis. Nymphs immunized with an injection of 7.6×107, 7.6×105, or 7.6×104 cells/ml glutaraldehyde-killed solution of the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa had significantly higher survivorship than controls… Expand

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