Effects of early resource limitation and compensatory growth on lifetime fitness in the ladybird beetle (Harmonia axyridis).

@article{Dmitriew2007EffectsOE,
  title={Effects of early resource limitation and compensatory growth on lifetime fitness in the ladybird beetle (Harmonia axyridis).},
  author={Caitlin M Dmitriew and Locke Rowe},
  journal={Journal of evolutionary biology},
  year={2007},
  volume={20 4},
  pages={1298-310}
}
Acceleration of growth following a period of diet restriction may result in either complete or partial catch-up in size. The existence of such compensatory growth indicates that organisms commonly grow at rates below their physiological maxima and this implies a cost for accelerated growth. We examined patterns of accelerated growth in response to temporary resource limitation, and assayed both short and long-term costs of this growth in the ladybird beetle Harmonia axyridis. Subsequent to the… CONTINUE READING

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