Nicholson's blowflies revisited

William Gurney, S. Blythe, R.M. Nisbet

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Abstract

A simple time-delay model of laboratory insect populations which postulates a ‘humped’ relationship between future adult recruitment and current adult population gives good quantitative agreement with Nicholson's classic blowfly data and explains the appearance of narrow ‘discrete’ generations in cycling populations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-21
Number of pages5
JournalNature
Volume287
Issue number5777
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Sep 1980

Keywords

  • cyclical populations
  • blowfly data

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Gurney, W., Blythe, S., & Nisbet, R. M. (1980). Nicholson's blowflies revisited. Nature, 287(5777), 17-21. https://doi.org/10.1038/287017a0