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Huber, Sarah K.; Owen, Jeb P.; Koop, Jennifer A. H.; King, Marisa O.; Grant, Peter R.; Grant, B. Rosemary
Ecoimmunity in Darwin's finches: invasive parasites trigger acquired immunity in the medium ground finch (Geospiza fortis)
Invasive parasites pose a serious threat to native animal populations, because hosts with no history of exposure may lack effective immune defenses. Invasive parasites are a particular threat to small, island populations [1,2]. For example, introduced malaria (Plasmodium relictum) has exacerbated the decline of Hawaiian honeycreeper species, many of which are now extinct [3,4]. Darwin’s finches have recently been exposed to two introduced parasites of high conservation priority: avian pox virus (Poxvirus avium) and the nest fly Philornis downsi (Figure 1A, 1B) [1,2].
Huber, S. K., Owen, J. P., Koop, J. A. H., King, M. O., Grant, P. R., Grant, B. R., & Clayton, D. H. (2010). Ecoimmunity in Darwins finches: invasive parasites trigger acquired immunity in the medium ground finch (Geospiza fortis). PLoS One, 5(1), e8605.
(c)Huber, S. K., Owen, J. P., Koop, J. A. H., King, M. O., Grant, P. R., Grant, B. R., & Clayton, D. H.