An experimental test of the Growth Rate Hypothesis as a predictive framework for microevolutionary adaptation

Kimberley Lemmen, Libin Zhou, Spiros Papakostas & Steven Declerck
The growth rate hypothesis (GRH), a central concept of ecological stoichiometry, posits that the relative body phosphorus content of an organism is positively related to somatic growth rate as protein synthesis, which is necessary for growth, requires P-rich rRNA and has strong support at the interspecific level. Here, we explore the use of the GRH to predict microevolutionary responses in consumer body stoichiometry. For this, we subjected zooplankton populations to selection for fast population growth...
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