Trans-generational parasite protection associated with paternal diet

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The authors assessed parentally derived parasite protection in a monarch butterfly-protozoan parasite system where resistance is influenced by secondary chemicals in the larval food plant. It was found that offspring were more resistant to infection if their fathers were reared on medicinal milkweed plants, suggesting paternal transfer of environmentally derived resistance.

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