Parental investment matters for maternal and offspring immune defense in the mouthbrooding cichlid Astatotilapia burtoni

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Keller, Isabel S.; Salzburger, Walter; Roth, Olivia;
  • Publisher: BioMed Central
  • Journal: BMC Evolutionary Biology,volume 17 (issn: 1471-2148, eissn: 1471-2148)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1186/s12862-017-1109-6, pmc: PMC5738712
  • Subject: Parental care | Teleosts | Research Article | Trans-generational immune priming | Immune system | Phenotypic plasticity | Evolution | QH359-425 | Sexual dimorphism | Gene expression

Background Parental care, while increasing parental fitness through offspring survival, also bears cost to the care-giving parent. Consequentially, trade offs between parental care and other vitally important traits, such as the immune system seem evident. In co-occurri... View more