Social immunity: Emergence and evolution of colony-level disease protection Journal Article


Author(s): Cremer, Sylvia; Pull, Christopher D; Fürst, Matthias A
Article Title: Social immunity: Emergence and evolution of colony-level disease protection
Affiliation IST Austria
Abstract: Social insect colonies have evolved many collectively performed adaptations that reduce the impact of infectious disease and that are expected to maximize their fitness. This colony-level protection is termed social immunity, and it enhances the health and survival of the colony. In this review, we address how social immunity emerges from its mechanistic components to produce colony-level disease avoidance, resistance, and tolerance. To understand the evolutionary causes and consequences of social immunity, we highlight the need for studies that evaluate the effects of social immunity on colony fitness. We discuss the role that host life history and ecology have on predicted eco-evolutionary dynamics, which differ among the social insect lineages. Throughout the review, we highlight current gaps in our knowledge and promising avenues for future research, which we hope will bring us closer to an integrated understanding of socio-eco-evo-immunology.
Journal Title: Annual Review of Entomology
Volume: 63
ISSN: 1545-4487
Publisher: Annual Reviews  
Date Published: 2018-01-07
DOI: 10.1146/annurev-ento-020117-043110
Open access: no
IST Austria Authors
  1. Sylvia Cremer
    47 Cremer
  2. Christopher Pull
    4 Pull
  3. Matthias Fürst
    5 Fürst
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