Datafiles and code for Covas et al: The oxidative cost of helping and its minimisation in a cooperative breeder

Rita Covas, Sophie Lardy, Liliana Silva, Benjamin Rey, André Ferreira, Franck Theron, Arnaud Tognetti, Bruno Faivre & Claire Doutrelant
Cooperative actions are beneficial to the group, but presumably costly to the individual co-operators. In cooperatively breeding species, helping to raise young is thought to involve important energetic costs, which could lead to elevated exposure to reactive oxygen species, resulting in oxidative stress. However, identifying such costs can be difficult if individuals adjust their investment in helping in relation to environmental conditions or their own physiological condition. Experimental approaches are therefore required to quantify the...
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