Terminal investment induced by immune challenge and fitness traits associated with major histocompatibility complex in the house sparrow.

@article{Bonneaud2004TerminalII,
  title={Terminal investment induced by immune challenge and fitness traits associated with major histocompatibility complex in the house sparrow.},
  author={Camille Bonneaud and J{\'e}r{\'e}my Mazuc and Olivier Chastel and Helena Westerdahl and Gabriele Sorci},
  journal={Evolution; international journal of organic evolution},
  year={2004},
  volume={58 12},
  pages={2823-30}
}
The terminal investment hypothesis predicts that individuals should invest more in their present reproduction if they are less likely to survive to future reproductive events. Infections, which reduce viability, may be used by individuals as a cue of a diminishing residual reproductive value and could therefore theoretically trigger an intensification of breeding effort. We tested this hypothesis in a natural population of house sparrows (Passer domesticus). We manipulated the immune system of… CONTINUE READING

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