Resource allocation to a structural biomaterial: induced production of byssal threads decreases growth of a marine mussel

Emily Roberts, Laura Newcomb, Michelle McCartha, Katie Harrington, Sam LaFramboise, Emily Carrington & Kenneth Sebens
1. Specialized mechanical structures produced by organisms provide crucial fitness advantages. The energetic cost associated with producing these structural materials and the resulting energetic trade-off with growth, however, is rarely quantified. We evaluate resource allocation to structural material production within the context of an energetic framework by combining an experimental manipulation with an energetic model. 2. Mytilid bivalves produce byssus, a network of collagen-like threads that tethers individuals to hard substrate. We hypothesized that a...
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