Biology as Poetry: Ecology

Bacteriophage Ecology Group

Clutch Size

The number of progeny produced per reproductive episode.

For bacteria undergoing binary fission, the equivalent of a clutch size is usually two, i.e., the number of new cells produced per division. For viruses, the equivalent of clutch size is the viral burst size, i.e., the number virus progeny produced per infected cell. For a multicellular organisms it would be the number of eggs produced, etc.

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