Data from: Experimental evolution of external immune defenses in the red flour beetle

Gerrit Joop, Olivia Roth, Paul Schmid-Hempel & Joachim Kurtz
The red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum, secretes quinones that control the microbial flora in the surrounding environment. These secretions act as an external immune defence that provides protection against pathogens. At high concentrations, however, these secretions are harmful to the host itself, and selection may thus have optimized the level of expression under natural conditions. Here, we show that the expression of external immunity responded to selection during experimental evolution within a few generations. At...
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