The study in beetles is the first to link an animal's nutritional intake during sexual development with its adult breeding habits.
It could aid understanding of the likely impact on animals' behaviour as food availability varies with changing climates in the future.
Researchers - University - Edinburgh - Tests - Beetles
Researchers from the University of Edinburgh carried out tests using burying beetles, which become sexually mature a few days after reaching adulthood.
Scientists raised groups of males and female beetles from birth before placing them with potential mating partners. Some of the beetles were given less food than others, either at the time of their sexual development, or when placed alongside the opposite sex.
Females that had been underfed...
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