Encyclopedia of Entomology

2008 Edition
| Editors: John L. Capinera

Functional Response

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-6359-6_3912

A behavioral response of predators or parasitoids to the presence of prey. Searching and prey handling behavior is modified, resulting in increased efficiency of prey destruction. Learning, and more active search in the presence of prey, are implicated in functional responses. (contrast with numerical response)

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