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Explaining variance of avian malaria infection in the wild: the importance of host density, habitat, individual life-history and oxidative stress.

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BACKGROUND: Avian malaria (Plasmodium sp.) is globally widespread, but considerable variation exists in infection (presence/absence) patterns at small spatial scales. This variation can be driven by variation in ecology, demography, and phenotypic characters, in particular those that influence the host's resistance. Generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) is one of the host's initial immune responses to combat parasitic invasion. However, long-term ROS exposure can harm the host and the ...

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10.1186/1472-6785-13-15

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University of Oxford
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University of Oxford
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University of Oxford
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University of Oxford
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Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
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Isaksson, C
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Baramidze, V
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BioMed Central Ltd. Publisher's website
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BMC ecology Journal website
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13
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1
Pages:
15
Publication date:
2013
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1472-6785
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1472-6785
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uuid:8b8582c2-0396-4fab-834a-3faafdeac4c4
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402042
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pubs:402042

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