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Parola chiave

Université de Neuchâtel

Parasitism and developmental plasticity in Alpine swift nestlings

Bize, Pierre ; Roulin, Alexandre ; Bersier, Louis-Félix ; Pfluger, Dominik ; Richner, Heinz

In: Journal of Tropical Ecology, 2003, vol. 72, no. 4, p. 633-639

1. Development plasticity is a common evolutionary and phenotypic response to poor growth condition, in particular in organisms with determinate growth such as most birds and mammals. Because various body structures can contribute differently to overall fitness, natural selection will adjust the degree of plasticity of each structure to its proportionate contribution to fitness at a given...