Size matters in insects: An introduction

Leo W. Beukeboom*

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Body size is a major determinant of fitness in insects. Adult size is affected by egg size, larval nutrition, and developmental conditions, but it also has a genetic basis. This special issue addresses how environmental and genetic factors affect body size in a range of insect species, with a specific focus on how size translates into fitness. Such knowledge is relevant for insect mass rearing programs that aim to maximize individual size.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2-3
Number of pages2
JournalEntomologia Experimentalis et Applicata
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan-2018

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