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Under pressure: the effect of long-term fungal infection on the encapsulation response in ants

Orbán-Bakk, K. ; Marczin, M. J. ; Gál, L. ; Heinze, J. ; Csata, E. ; Markó, B.



Abstract

Long-term exposure to infections can exert serious pressure on the host's immune system and influence its capacity to react adequately when challenged by another parasite. Rather than reacting readily to the attack of a secondary pathogen the immune response might be weaker because of the costs imposed by resisting the primary infection. Rickia wasmannii is an ectoparasitic fungus, which attaches ...

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