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Title: Immune response impairs learning in free-flying bumble-bees
Authors: Alghamdi, A.
Dalton, L.
Phillis, A.
Rosato, Ezio
Mallon, Eamonn B.
First Published: 23-Oct-2008
Publisher: Royal Society
Citation: Biology Letters, 2008, 4 (5), pp. 479-481.
Abstract: Parasites can influence different host behaviours including foraging, mate choice and predator avoidance. Several recent papers have shown reduced learning abilities in infected insects. However, it is difficult to separate the effects of the immune response from the direct effects of the parasite. Using a free-flying learning paradigm, this paper shows that learning performance is impaired in bumble-bees (Bombus terrestris) that are not infected but whose immune system is stimulated non-pathogenically. This demonstrates that before it is assumed that a parasite has a direct effect on a host's behaviour, the effect of the immune response stimulated by the parasite must first be quantified.
DOI Link: 10.1098/rsbl.2008.0331
ISSN: 1744-9561
Type: Article
Rights: This paper was published as Biology Letters, 2008, 4 (5), pp. 479-481, under the EXiS (Excellence in Science) Open Choice scheme. Copyright © The Royal Society. It is available from Doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2008.0331
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