Maternal effects mediated by maternal age: from life histories to population dynamics.

@article{Benton2008MaternalEM,
  title={Maternal effects mediated by maternal age: from life histories to population dynamics.},
  author={Tim G Benton and James J H St Clair and Stewart J. Plaistow},
  journal={The Journal of animal ecology},
  year={2008},
  volume={77 5},
  pages={
          1038-46
        }
}
1. Maternal effects describe how mothers influence offspring life histories. In many taxa, maternal effects arise by differential resource allocation to young, often identified by variation in propagule size, and which affects individual traits and population dynamics. 2. Using a laboratory model system, the soil mite Sancassania berlesei, we show that, controlling for egg size, older mothers lay eggs that hatch later, develop more slowly, and mature at larger body sizes. 3. Such differences in… CONTINUE READING
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