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  • Superparasitism, immune response and optimum progeny yield in the gregarious parasitoid Palmistichus elaeisis. [Journal Article]
  • PMPest Manag Sci 2017; 73(6):1101-1109
  • de S Pereira K, Guedes NMP, … Guedes RNC
  • CONCLUSIONS: An optimum number of three clutches laid per host pupa was detected for P. elaeisis. As immune response via haemocyte production, encapsulation and melanisation decreased with the number of clutches laid per host, the higher parasitoid yield and fitness observed is the likely consequence of a compromised immune response coupled with an accommodative (i.e. scramble) larval competitive strategy allowing enough resources for optimum balance of parasitoid number and quality produced. © 2017 Society of Chemical Industry.
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