, Volume 33, Issue 4, pp 528–530 | Cite as

Effects and duration of resistance acquired by rabbits on feeding and egg laying in Ixodes ricinus L.

  • J. Bowessidjaou
  • M. Brossard
  • A. Aeschlimann


Rabbits gradually developed a resistance against Ixodes ricinus ticks as a result of sequential experimental infestations. The resistance was characterized by an increased duration of feeding, by ticks engorging to a smaller extent and by reduced egg production. Once established, the immunity persisted for at least 9 months. Changes in the titre of circulating anti-I. ricinus antibodies was measured by indirect immunofluorescence.


Small Extent Indirect Immunofluorescence Ixodes Ricinus Experimental Infestation Ricinus Antibody 
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© Birkhäuser Verlag 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Bowessidjaou
    • 1
  • M. Brossard
    • 1
  • A. Aeschlimann
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute de ZoologieUniversité de NeuchâtelNeuchâtel(Switzerland)

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