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Data from: Inbreeding-related trade-offs in stress-resistance in the ant Formica exsecta

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Freitak, Dalial et al. (2014), Data from: Inbreeding-related trade-offs in stress-resistance in the ant Formica exsecta, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.bk469

Abstract

Inbred individuals and populations are predicted to suffer from inbreeding depression, especially in times of stress. Under natural conditions, organisms are exposed to more than one stressor at any one time, highlighting the importance of stress resistance traits. We studied how inbreeding- and immunity-related traits are correlated under different dietary conditions in the ant Formica exsecta. Its natural diet varies in the amount and nature of plant secondary compounds and the level of free radicals, all of which require detoxification to maintain organismal homeostasis. We found that inbreeding decreased general antibacterial activity under dietary stress, suggesting inbreeding-related physiological trade-offs.

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Finland
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