Adult facilitation becomes competition as juvenile soapberry bugs age

Meredith Cenzer
Intraspecific interactions can change from facilitative to competitive depending on the organism’s ontogeny. In plant-feeding insects, host plant defenses can be strengthened or weakened by insect feeding, and can therefore be important for determining whether two insects feeding on the same plant help or harm each other’s fitness. Here I conducted two experiments looking at the direct effect of a physical seed defense and the role of intraspecific facilitation in reducing the effects of that...
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