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Sonia Povey, Sheena C. Cotter, Stephen J. Simpson and Kenneth Wilson Dynamics of macronutrient self-medication and illness-induced anorexia in virally infected insects Journal of Animal Ecology 83

Article first published online: 2 SEP 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12127

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This is the first study to simultaneously address the combined effects of parasitism-induced reduced food intake and nutrient selection in a single analytical framework. The authors show that caterpillars self-medicate by increasing the protein content of their diet immediately after infection, and that this is a phenotypically plastic response, not a consequence of genetically based differences in diet choice between families.

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