NS – Bagchi et al. 2022 – behavioral compensation for toxic effects of crowding in flour beetles

Naturalist Selections is an interview series produced by the American Society of Naturalists Graduate Council. We showcase graduate student and postdoc authored work in The American Naturalist, a premier peer-reviewed journal for ecology, evolution, and animal behavior research. Catch up on exciting new papers you may have missed from the journal, and meet some truly brilliant early career naturalists!

In this episode, Basabi Bagchi chats with us about new paper Bagchi et al. 2022: ‘Carcass Scavenging Relaxes Chemical-Driven Female Interference Competition in Flour Beetles.’ We talk about the difficult life of a female flour beetle: toxins, cannibalism, disease, the usual. Clearly, a bag of wheat is not the paradise you think it would be! But all is not lost – it turns out that a female beetle’s behavior can affect not only her own fitness, but also that of her group mates. You can read Basabi’s full paper here: https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/10.1086/717250.

Hungry for more beetle talk? Email Basabi at basabi.bagchi_phd17@ashoka.edu.in!

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Credits

Featured Guest: Basabi Bagchi, Ashoka University, India

Host, Editor, Producer: Sarah McPeek, University of Virginia, US

Original Music: Daniel Nondorf, University of Virginia, US

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