Animal Nutrition

Optimal Foraging Theory

July 7, 2021 0
Optimal foraging theory predicts that when there is intense competition for preferred resources, organisms should increase their diet breadth to include other less optimal items. In this way, biological fitness is maximized by striking a […]
Animal Nutrition

Food Preparation Among Animals

June 30, 2021 0
Most foods that humans eat are altered in some way before we consume them. Our species has developed elaborate ways in which to change the properties of our foodstuffs. Why don’t we just forage around […]
Animal Nutrition

Maintaining A Balanced Diet As An Obligate Predator

September 30, 2020 0
As obligate predators, carnivores are faced with a tough task when it comes to maintaining a balanced diet. Although omnivorous animals such as cockroaches and humans can adjust the relative amounts of nutrition in their […]
Animal Nutrition

Teaching Offspring How To Forage

August 5, 2020 2
From birds to lizards and mammals, parents put effort into showing their offspring how to forage effectively. That is, how to obtain nutrition while maintaining a balance with other activities in accordance with optimal foraging […]
Animal Nutrition

Ants Farm Aphids For Their Honeydew

July 29, 2020 0
and on his farm he had an aphid, ee-i-ee-i-o Humans have perfected the art of farming. We have learned to create beautiful, healthy crops of fruits, vegetables, and meats to feed our masses. Most of […]
Animal Nutrition

Altruistic Food Signalling Among Chickadees

March 18, 2020 1
Food signalling calls are commonplace in the animal kingdom. A diverse range of organisms use some form of communication with respect to food. The general idea in several species is that if you make food […]