The effect of locality, breed and previous tick experience on seasonal changes in the resistance of cattle toBoophilus microplus (Ixodoidea: Ixodidae)
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- Doube, B.M. & Wharton, R.H. Experientia (1980) 36: 1178. doi:10.1007/BF01976112
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A seasonal cycle in the expression of resistance to the tickBoophilus microplus occurs in cattle in central and southeastern Queensland, Australia. This is due to a seasonal fluctuation in the capacity of cattle to mount an effective immune response against the parasitic tick and is manifest as a waning of the expression of resistance in autumn and early winter which occurs irrespective of breed or the nutritional state of the cattle.