Age at weaning, immunocompetence and ectoparasite performance in a precocial desert rodent Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • Abstract We studied the effects of early weaning on immunocompetence and parasite resistance in a precocial rodent Acomys cahirinus. We hypothesized that if parasite resistance is energetically expensive and nutritional and immunological support from mothers are necessary for the long-term health of offspring, then early weaned animals would be immunologically weaker and less able to defend themselves against parasites than later weaned animals. We weaned pups at 14, 21 or 28 days after birth and …

publication date

  • September 1, 2014