Multiple resources and the optimal balance between size and number of offspring

@article{McGinley2005MultipleRA,
  title={Multiple resources and the optimal balance between size and number of offspring},
  author={Mark A. McGinley and Eric L. Charnov},
  journal={Evolutionary Ecology},
  year={2005},
  volume={2},
  pages={77-84}
}
We extend the classical Smith-Fretwell model for the optimal size of an offspring to the case of allocation of two or more fitness enhancing resources. Unlike the results of the single-resource model, the new model predicts that the optimal allocations will depend on the resource pool sizes. We apply this new model to the problem of carbon and nitrogen allocation to seeds and conclude (1) that the optimal seed size (carbon allocation) should be positively correlated with the ratio of the size… CONTINUE READING

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