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Type: Journal article
Title: Nutritional ecology beyond the individual: a conceptual framework for integrating nutrition and social interactions
Author: Lihoreau, M.
Buhl, J.
Charleston, M.
Sword, G.
Raubenheimer, D.
Simpson, S.
Citation: Ecology Letters, 2015; 18(3):273-286
Publisher: Wiley
Issue Date: 2015
ISSN: 1461-0248
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Mathieu Lihoreau, Jerome Buhl, Michael A. Charleston, Gregory A. Sword, David Raubenheimer, and Stephen J. Simpson
Abstract: Over recent years, modelling approaches from nutritional ecology (known as Nutritional Geometry) have been increasingly used to describe how animals and some other organisms select foods and eat them in appropriate amounts in order to maintain a balanced nutritional state maximising fitness. These nutritional strategies profoundly affect the physiology, behaviour and performance of individuals, which in turn impact their social interactions within groups and societies. Here, we present a conceptual framework to study the role of nutrition as a major ecological factor influencing the development and maintenance of social life. We first illustrate some of the mechanisms by which nutritional differences among individuals mediate social interactions in a broad range of species and ecological contexts. We then explain how studying individual- and collective-level nutrition in a common conceptual framework derived from Nutritional Geometry can bring new fundamental insights into the mechanisms and evolution of social interactions, using a combination of simulation models and manipulative experiments.
Keywords: Collective animal behaviour; individual-based models; nutritional ecology; nutritional geometry; social biology; social interactions
Rights: © 2015 The Authors. Ecology Letters published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd and CNRS. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
RMID: 0030019571
DOI: 10.1111/ele.12406
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