volume 166, issue 1, P2-3 2018
DOI: 10.1111/eea.12646
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Leo W. Beukeboom

Abstract: 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.