Adaptive Intrinsic Growth Rates: An Integration Across Taxa

@article{Arendt1997AdaptiveIG,
  title={Adaptive Intrinsic Growth Rates: An Integration Across Taxa},
  author={Jeff D. Arendt},
  journal={The Quarterly Review of Biology},
  year={1997},
  volume={72},
  pages={149 - 177}
}
  • J. Arendt
  • Published 1 June 1997
  • Economics
  • The Quarterly Review of Biology
The evolution of intrinsic growth rate has received less attention than other life history traits, and has been studied differently in plants, homoiotherms, and poikilotherms. The benefits of rapid growth are obvious, so the problem is to explain the costs and tradeoffs that cause organisms to grow below their physiological maximum. Four prevailing themes emerge from the literature: (1) slow growth is adaptive for dealing with nutrient stress, (2) the tradeoff between growth rate and… 
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