Reproduction-Immunity Trade-Offs in Insects.

  title={Reproduction-Immunity Trade-Offs in Insects.},
  author={Robin A. Schwenke and Brian P Lazzaro and Mariana F Wolfner},
  journal={Annual review of entomology},
Immune defense and reproduction are physiologically and energetically demanding processes and have been observed to trade off in a diversity of female insects. Increased reproductive effort results in reduced immunity, and reciprocally, infection and activation of the immune system reduce reproductive output. This trade-off can manifest at the physiological level (within an individual) and at the evolutionary level (genetic distinction among individuals in a population). The resource allocation… CONTINUE READING
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