The influence of context-dependent maternal effects on population dynamics: an experimental test.

@article{Plaistow2009TheIO,
  title={The influence of context-dependent maternal effects on population dynamics: an experimental test.},
  author={Stewart J. Plaistow and Tim G Benton},
  journal={Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences},
  year={2009},
  volume={364 1520},
  pages={
          1049-58
        }
}
Parental effects arise when either the maternal or paternal phenotype influences the phenotypes of subsequent generations. Simple analytical models assume maternal effects are a mechanism creating delayed density dependence. Such models predict that maternal effects can very easily lead to population cycles. Despite this, unambiguous maternal-effect mediated cycles have not been demonstrated in any system. Additionally, much evidence has arisen to invalidate the underlying assumption that there… CONTINUE READING
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