AN EASY AND CONVENIENT WAY TO ANALYZE PHYLLOXERA POPULATION GROWTH DATA
The intrinsic rate of natural increase (rm) is a common measurement in entomology to describe and evaluate the growth and adaptation of an arthropod population to certain environmental conditions. A simple and convenient way of calculating the rm was provided by Wyatt and White in 1977, which became quite popular among entomologists, especially when assessing life-table parameters for insects with a long life cycle, such as the grape phylloxera, Daktulosphaira vitifoliae Fitch. As a population parameter, rm lacks any variance. Because of this, a valid statistical comparison of rms for different populations is not straightforward and thus calculations, when performed, often result in statistical misconceptions. In the present paper, we briefly discuss the drawbacks of the two most used calculations, and present an easy way to implement a consistent method for the comparison of rms. The approach is demonstrated and discussed using a phylloxera data set.
Lawo, J.-P., Kolberg, R., Forneck, A. and Lawo, N.C. 2011. AN EASY AND CONVENIENT WAY TO ANALYZE PHYLLOXERA POPULATION GROWTH DATA. Acta Hort. (ISHS) 904:11-16
intrinsic rate of natural increase, statistics, bootstrap, BCa, jackknife, Daktulosphaira vitifoliae