Maternal disease, nutrition and social experience: consequences for the next generation
Curno, Olivia (2009) Maternal disease, nutrition and social experience: consequences for the next generation. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
Natural selection should favour individuals who are able to adjust their life history strategy and resource allocation in response to changing environmental and social conditions. I examined the flexibility of reproductive resource allocation by female mice in response to manipulation of their nutritional, immunological and social environment. I considered the consequences of their investment decisions for the next generation. In five separate experiments I found that:
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