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Costs and Benefits of Experimentally Induced Changes in the Allocation of Growth versus Immune Function under Differential Exposure to Ectoparasites

  • Natalia Pitala,

    Affiliations: Bird Ecology Unit, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland, Department of Animal Ecology/Ecology and Evolution, Evolutionary Biology Centre, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden

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  • Heli Siitari,

    Affiliation: Department of Biological and Environmental Science, University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland

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  • Lars Gustafsson,

    Affiliation: Department of Animal Ecology/Ecology and Evolution, Evolutionary Biology Centre, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden

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  • Jon E. Brommer mail

    jon.brommer@helsinki.fi

    Affiliation: Bird Ecology Unit, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

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  • Published: May 25, 2010
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0010814

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