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Transgenerational effects of food availability on age at maturity and reproductive output in an asexual collembolan

  • Nina Hafer
  • Syazana Ebil
  • Tobias Uller
  • Nathan Pike
Publishing year: 2011
Language: English
Pages: 755-758
Publication/Series: Biology letters
Volume: 7
Issue: 5
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Royal Society

Abstract english

Transgenerational effects of environmental conditions can have several important ecological and evolutionary implications. We conducted a fully factorial experiment manipulating food availability across three generations in the collembolan Folsomia candida, a springtail species that inhabits soil and leaf litter environments which vary in resource availability. Maternal and grandmaternal food availability influenced age at maturity and reproductive output. These effects appear to be cumulative rather than adaptive transgenerational life-history adjustments. Such cumulative effects can profoundly influence eco-evolutionary dynamics in both stable and fluctuating environments.


  • Biological Sciences


  • ISSN: 1744-9561