Influence of population density on offspring number and size in burying beetles

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Abstract

This laboratory exercise investigates the influence of population density on offspring number and size in burying beetles. Students test the theoretical predictions that brood size declines and offspring size increases when competition over resources becomes stronger with increasing population density. Students design the experiment, collect and analyze the data, and discuss the results in the context of adaptive phenotypic plasticity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6-11
Number of pages6
JournalBioscene
Volume36
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 3 2010

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Keywords

  • Brood size
  • Burying beetles
  • Contests
  • Offspring size
  • Population density

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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Influence of population density on offspring number and size in burying beetles. / Rauter, Claudia M.

In: Bioscene, Vol. 36, No. 1, 03.08.2010, p. 6-11.

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