Is negative density-dependent reproduction regulated by density-induced stress in root voles? Two field experiments

Guo-Zhen Shang
Density dependence in reproduction plays an important role in stabilising population dynamics via immediate negative feedback from population density to reproductive output. Although previous studies have shown that negative density-dependent reproduction is associated with strong spacing behaviour and social interaction between individuals, the proximal mechanism for generating negative density-dependent reproduction remains unclear. In this study, we investigated the effects of density-induced stress on reproduction in root voles. Enclosed Founder populations were established by introducing six...
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