Delayed virulence and limited costs promote fecundity compensation upon infection.

  title={Delayed virulence and limited costs promote fecundity compensation upon infection.},
  author={Gabriel E. Leventhal and Robert P D{\"u}nner and Seth M Barribeau},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  volume={183 4},
Individuals invest limited resources across vital tasks such as reproduction and survival. Individuals can spread reproductive investment over their lifetime, but cues of death or reduced fitness can influence this investment. In some systems, cues of infection induce early but costly reproduction through fecundity compensation as future reproduction becomes uncertain. A key aspect of parasite biology is the delay between exposure to parasites and the onset of virulence. This creates an… CONTINUE READING
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