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Transgenerational effects of food availability on age at maturity and reproductive output in an asexual collembolan

Hafer, Nina; Ebil, Syazana; Uller, Tobias LU and Pike, Nathan (2011) In Biology Letters 7(5). p.755-758
Abstract
Transgenerational effects of environmental conditions can have several important ecological and evolutionary implications. We conducted a fully factorial experiment manipulating food availability across three generations in the collembolan Folsomia candida, a springtail species that inhabits soil and leaf litter environments which vary in resource availability. Maternal and grandmaternal food availability influenced age at maturity and reproductive output. These effects appear to be cumulative rather than adaptive transgenerational life-history adjustments. Such cumulative effects can profoundly influence eco-evolutionary dynamics in both stable and fluctuating environments.
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Biology Letters
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5
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755 - 758
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Royal Society
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1744-9561
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10.1098/rsbl.2011.0139
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  abstract     = {Transgenerational effects of environmental conditions can have several important ecological and evolutionary implications. We conducted a fully factorial experiment manipulating food availability across three generations in the collembolan Folsomia candida, a springtail species that inhabits soil and leaf litter environments which vary in resource availability. Maternal and grandmaternal food availability influenced age at maturity and reproductive output. These effects appear to be cumulative rather than adaptive transgenerational life-history adjustments. Such cumulative effects can profoundly influence eco-evolutionary dynamics in both stable and fluctuating environments.},
  author       = {Hafer, Nina and Ebil, Syazana and Uller, Tobias and Pike, Nathan},
  issn         = {1744-9561},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {5},
  pages        = {755--758},
  publisher    = {Royal Society},
  series       = {Biology Letters},
  title        = {Transgenerational effects of food availability on age at maturity and reproductive output in an asexual collembolan},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2011.0139},
  volume       = {7},
  year         = {2011},
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