Symposium: The evolution of social immune defences
call closes 30th November 2019
Pathogens and parasites exert strong selection pressures on their hosts, and resistance to diseases is affected by both physiological as well as behavioral mechanisms. Social animals have access to an additional layer of defense, coined social immunity. Eusocial insects form an especially fascinating group of social animals due to their formation of dense colonies consisting of related individuals. This extreme social organization has led to the evolution of a plethora of adaptations in disease defense strategies, such as social fever, corpse removal, and food sterilization.
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