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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.

Original publication

DOI

10.1098/rsbl.2011.0139

Type

Journal article

Journal

Biol Lett

Publication Date

23/10/2011

Volume

7

Pages

755 - 758

Keywords

Animals, Arthropods, Biological Evolution, Ecology, Feeding Behavior, Female, Reproduction