Journal article

Dim artificial light at night reduces the cellular immune response of the black field cricket, Teleogryllus commodus

Joanna Durrant, Mark P Green, Theresa M Jones

Insect Science | WILEY | Published : 2020


A functioning immune system is crucial for protection against disease and illness, yet increasing evidence suggests that species living in urban areas could be suffering from immune suppression, due to the presence of artificial light at night (ALAN). This study examined the effects of ecologically relevant levels of ALAN on three key measures of immune function (haemocyte concentration, lytic activity, and phenoloxidase activity) using a model invertebrate species, the Australian black field cricket, Teleogryllus commodus. We reared crickets under an ecologically relevant daily light-cycle consisting of 12 hr bright daylight (2600 lx) followed by either 12 h darkness (0 lx) or dim environme..

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Awarded by Hermon Slade Foundation

Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

Contributions are as follows: JD participated in the experimental design and undertook the data collection, data analysis, and manuscript preparation; MPG participated in experimental design, data analysis and manuscript preparation; TMJ conceived the study and participated in experimental design, data analysis, and manuscript preparation. All authors gave final approval for publication. We have no competing interests to declare. This research was supported by a grant from the Hermon Slade Foundation awarded to TMJ and MPG (HSF 14/4) and an Australian Research Council grant to TMJ (DP150101191). JD was supported by grants from the Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment Fund and the Robert Johanson and Anne Swann Fund.