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The Journal of experimental biology

Photoperiod but not food restriction modulates innate immunity in an opportunistic breeder,


PMID 27956484

Abstract

An organism's investment in immune function often varies seasonally but understanding of how fluctuations in environmental conditions directly modulate investment remains limited. This experiment investigated how changes in photoperiod and food availability affect investment in constitutive innate immunity and the acute phase response induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) injections in captive red crossbills (