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Chronic malaria infections increase family inequalities and reduce parental fitness: experimental evidence from a wild bird population

January 10, 2010 - 16:31 -- Ingeborg van Schayk
S. C. L. Knowles, V. Palinauskas & B. C. Sheldon
Journal of Evolutionary Biology, Early View (Articles online in advance of print)

Overall, these results demonstrate that chronic avian malaria infections, far from being benign, can have significant effects on host fitness and may thus constitute an important selection pressure in wild bird populations.

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