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Adaptive social immunity in leaf-cutting ants

Biology Letters

May 5, 2009

Tom N Walker, W O H Hughes

Abstract

Social insects have evolved a suite of sophisticated defences against parasites. In addition to the individual physiological immune response, social insects also express 'social immunity' consisting of group-level defences and behaviours that include allogrooming. Here we investigate wh...read more

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Immune Response
Mycoses
Hypocreales
Harassment, Non-Sexual
Fungi
Acromyrmex echinatior
Metarhizium anisopliae
Ants
Parasites
Biological Evolution
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Adaptive social immunity in leaf-cutting ants

Biology Letters

May 5, 2009

Tom N Walker, W O H Hughes

PMID: 19411266

DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2009.0107

Abstract

Social insects have evolved a suite of sophisticated defences against parasites. In addition to the individual physiological immune response, social insects also express 'social immunity' consisting of group-level defences and behaviours that include allogrooming. Here we investigate wh...read more

Mentioned in this Paper

Immune Response
Mycoses
Hypocreales
Harassment, Non-Sexual
Fungi
Acromyrmex echinatior
Metarhizium anisopliae
Ants
Parasites
Biological Evolution
186
2

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