Viruses Treatment Articles

Strain-Specific Priming Of Resistance In The Red Flour Beetle, Tribolium Castaneum

June 09, 2017

In recent years it has been demonstrated that the immune defense of invertebrates is by far more complicated and specific than previously envisioned.

Lasting immunity following an initial exposure that proves protection on a secondary exposure has been shown in several species of invertebrates.

In this study, we used survival assays to test for specific priming of resistance in the red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum, using bacteria of different degrees of relatedness. Our results suggest an unexpected degree of specificity that even allows for differentiation between different strains of the same bacterium.

Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

Proceedings B is the Royal Society's flagship biological research journal, dedicated to the rapid publication and broad dissemination of high-quality research papers, reviews and comment and reply papers. The scope of journal is diverse and is especially strong in organismal biology.

Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences