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Insect Infection and Immunity: Evolution, Ecology, and Mechanisms

Jens Rolff and Stuart Reynolds


Under continual attack from both microbial pathogens and multicellular parasites, insects must cope with immune challenges every day of their lives. However, this has not prevented them from becoming the most successful group of animals on the planet. Insects possess highly-developed innate immune systems which have been fine-tuned by an arms race with pathogens spanning hundreds of millions of years of evolutionary history. Recent discoveries are revealing both an unexpected degree of specificity and an indication of immunological memory — the functional hallmark of vertebrate immunity. The s ... More

Keywords: microbial pathogens, multicellular parasites, immune systems, immunological memory, MRSA, evolutionary ecology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199551354
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199551354.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jens Rolff, editor
Department of Animal & Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, UK

Stuart Reynolds, editor
Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Bath, UK

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