Reduction of foraging work and cooperative breeding

Toyoizumi, Hiroshi and Field, Jeremy (2014) Reduction of foraging work and cooperative breeding. Acta Biotheoretica, 62 (2). pp. 123-132. ISSN 0001-5342

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Using simple stochastic models, we discuss how cooperative breeders, especially wasps and bees, can improve their productivity by reducing foraging work. In a harsh environment, where foraging is the main cause of mortality, such breeders achieve greater productivity by reducing their foraging effort below full capacity, and they may thrive by adopting cooperative breeding. This could prevent the population extinction of cooperative breeders under conditions where a population of lone breeders cannot be maintained.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Life Sciences > Evolution, Behaviour and Environment
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH0301 Biology
Depositing User: Tom Gittoes
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2015 14:53
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2015 14:53
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