Data from: The enemy within: how does a bacterium inhibit the foraging aptitude and risk management behavior of Allenby’s gerbils?

Douglas Ferguson Makin, Burt P. Kotler, Joel S. Brown, Mario Garrido & Jorge F. S. Menezes
Microbes inhabiting multi-cellular organisms have complex, often subtle effects on their hosts. Gerbillus andersoni allenbyi are commonly infected with the Mycoplasma haemomuris-like bacteria, which may cause mild nutrient (choline, arginine) deficiencies. However, are there more serious ecological consequences of infection such as effects on foraging aptitudes and risk management? We tested alternatives: 1) nutrient compensation hypothesis, does nutrient deficiency induce infected gerbils to make up for the shortfall by foraging more and taking greater risks?...
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