Hormesis on life-history traits: is there such thing as a free lunch?

@article{Jager2013HormesisOL,
  title={Hormesis on life-history traits: is there such thing as a free lunch?},
  author={Tjalling Jager and Alpar Barsi and Virginie Ducrot},
  journal={Ecotoxicology},
  year={2013},
  volume={22 2},
  pages={263-70}
}
The term "hormesis" is used to describe dose-response relationships where the response is reversed between low and high doses of a stressor (generally, stimulation at low doses and inhibition at high ones). A mechanistic explanation is needed to interpret the relevance of such responses, but there does not appear to be a single universal mechanism underlying hormesis. When the endpoint is a life-history trait such as growth or reproduction, a stimulation of the response comes with costs in… CONTINUE READING
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