Do phytoseiid mites select the best prey species in terms of reproductive success?

@article{Dicke2005DoPM,
  title={Do phytoseiid mites select the best prey species in terms of reproductive success?},
  author={Marcel Dicke and Maurice W. Sabelis and Marijke de Jong and Marcel P. T. Alers},
  journal={Experimental & Applied Acarology},
  year={2005},
  volume={8},
  pages={161-173}
}
Optimal foraging theory predicts that predators prefer those prey species that are most rewarding in terms of reproductive success, which is dependent on prey quality and prey availability. To investigate which selection pressures may have moulded prey preference in an acarine system consisting of two prey species and three predator species, we tested whether prey preference of the predators is matched by the associated reproductive success. The predators involved areAmblyseius finlandicus… CONTINUE READING