How to put all your eggs in one basket: empirical patterns of offspring provisioning throughout a mother's lifetime.

@article{Plaistow2007HowTP,
  title={How to put all your eggs in one basket: empirical patterns of offspring provisioning throughout a mother's lifetime.},
  author={Stewart J. Plaistow and James J H St Clair and Jane Grant and Tim G Benton},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  year={2007},
  volume={170 4},
  pages={
          520-9
        }
}
Maternal effects arise when a mother's phenotype or the environment she experiences influences the phenotype of her progeny. Most studies of adaptive maternal effects are a "snapshot" of a mother's lifetime offspring provisioning and do not generally consider the effects of earlier siblings on those produced later. Here we show that in soil mites, offspring provisioning strategies are dynamic, changing from an emphasis on egg number in young females to egg size in older females. This pattern… CONTINUE READING
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