Effects of resource variation during early life and adult social environment on contest outcomes in burying beetles: silver spoon or context-dependent strategy? - dataset
Hopwood, Paul E
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
University of Exeter
This dataset supports of the findings of the associated article: Good early nutritional conditions may confer a lasting fitness advantage over individuals suffering poor early conditions (a ‘silver spoon’ effect). Alternatively, if early conditions predict the likely adult environment, adaptive plastic responses might maximize individual performance when developmental and adult conditions match (environmental-matching effect). Here we test for silver spoon and environmental matching effects by manipulating the early nutritional environment of Nicrophorus vespilloides burying beetles. We manipulated nutrition during two specific early developmental windows: the larval environment and the post-eclosion environment. We then tested contest success in relation to variation in adult social environmental quality experienced (defined according to whether contest opponents were smaller (good environment) or larger (poor environment) than the focal individual). Variation in the larval environment influenced adult body size but not contest success per se for a given adult social environment experienced (an ‘indirect’ silver spoon effect). Variation in post-eclosion environment affected contest success dependent on the quality of the adult environment experienced (a context-dependent ‘direct’ silver spoon effect). In contrast, there was no evidence for environmental-matching. The results demonstrate the importance of social environmental context in determining how variation in nutrition in early life affects success as an adult.
Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Studentship
Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
The dataset consists of an Excel spreadsheet with three tabs on it. 1.Contains data used to analyse effects of larval nutritional treatment on brood number and body size. 2.Contains data used to analyse effects of early-life nutritional treatment and adult social environment on success in contests. 3.Contains data on individual offspring used to generate figure 2 in the article.
The record also contains a Word document with explanatory information about the data file.
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