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Decoupling vigour and quality in the autumn colours game: weak individuals can signal, cheating can pay

Abstract:

According to the coevolution theory, autumn colours are a warning signal to insects, signalling the level of chemical defences or availability of nutrients. Because in the original model tree vigour and defences were positively correlated, it is not clear whether signalling would still be stable when they are decoupled, and the fact that weak trees often display bright autumn colours is usually presented as evidence against the coevolution theory. I show that in a theoretical model of insect-...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1016/j.jtbi.2008.10.012

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
St John's College
Department:
Mathematical,Physical & Life Sciences Division - Zoology
Publisher:
Elsevier Publisher's website
Journal:
Journal of Theoretical Biology Journal website
Volume:
256
Issue:
3
Pages:
479-484
Publication date:
2009-02-05
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ISSN:
0022-5193
URN:
uuid:550e79fd-11b4-415b-8285-bcadc18f7297
Local pid:
ora:3412

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