The economics of fitness and adaptedness: the interaction of sylvan cotton ( Gossypium hirsutum L.) and the boll weevil ( Anthonomus grandis Boh.). An example.

A. P. Gutierrez, U. Regev

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Abstract

The analogies between the economies of man and nature are extended to define the cost (metabolic costs)-benefit function (functional response) in predator-prey interactions. Economic theory is used to assess the within individual and within population partitioning of energy (currency) to growth, reproduction and respiration, and the effects of energy partitioning on fitness (profit) and adaptedness (stability). Fisher's theory of fitness maximization is used as a criterion to assess the survival strategies of the species. Implications of findings to the green revolution are addressed. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-287
Number of pages17
JournalActa Oecologica/Oecologia Generalis
Volume4
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1983
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science (all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (all)

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