The cost of catching up: increased winter mortality following structural growth compensation in the wild.

@article{Johnsson2006TheCO,
  title={The cost of catching up: increased winter mortality following structural growth compensation in the wild.},
  author={J{\"o}rgen I. Johnsson and Torgny Bohlin},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2006},
  volume={273 1591},
  pages={
          1281-6
        }
}
Although laboratory and observational studies suggest that many animals are capable of compensatory growth after periods of food shortage, few field experiments have demonstrated structural growth compensation in the wild. Here, we addressed the hypotheses that (i) food restriction can induce structural compensatory growth in free-living animals, (ii) that compensation is proportional to the level of body size retardation and (iii) that compensation induces mortality costs. To test these, wild… CONTINUE READING

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