Ontogenetic asymmetry modulates population biomass production and response to harvest
2015 (English)In: Nature Communications, ISSN 2041-1723, Vol. 6, 6441Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Patterns in biomass production are determined by resource input (productivity) and trophic transfer efficiency. At fixed resource input, variation in consumer biomass production has been related to food quality, metabolic type and diversity among species. In contrast, intraspecific variation in individual body size because of ontogenetic development, which characterizes the overwhelming majority of taxa, has been largely neglected. Here we show experimentally in a long-term multigenerational study that reallocating constant resource input in a two-stage consumer system from an equal resource delivery to juveniles and adults to an adult-biased resource delivery is sufficient to cause more than a doubling of total consumer biomass. We discuss how such changes in consumer stage-specific resource allocation affect the likelihood for alternative stable states in harvested populations as a consequence of stage-specific overcompensation in consumer biomass and thereby the risk of catastrophic collapses in exploited populations.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Nature Publishing Group, 2015. Vol. 6, 6441
Ecology Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-103167DOI: 10.1038/ncomms7441ISI: 000352633900025PubMedID: 25737320OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-103167DiVA: diva2:814602