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Kathryn B. McNamara, Emile van Lieshout, Therésa M. Jones and Leigh W. Simmons Age-dependent trade-offs between immunity and male, but not female, reproduction Journal of Animal Ecology 82

Article first published online: 31 JUL 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2656.2012.02018.x

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Trade-offs between immune function and reproduction typically focus on adults, yet the juvenile period is for many species a protracted period when individuals acquire resources for reproduction and are highly vulnerable to parasites and pathogens. The authors demonstrate that the age at juvenile immune challenge alters adult reproductive trade-offs.

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