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    Food aquisition and predator avoidance in a Neotropical rodent
    Suselbeek, L. ; Emsens, W.J. ; Hirsch, B.T. ; Kays, R. ; Rowcliffe, J.M. ; Zamore-Gutierrez, V. ; Jansen, P.A. - \ 2014
    Animal Behaviour 88 (2014). - ISSN 0003-3472 - p. 41 - 48.
    agouti dasyprocta-punctata - ocelot leopardus-pardalis - scatter-hoarding rodent - barro-colorado island - antipredator behavior - allocation hypothesis - moonlight avoidance - foraging behavior - time allocation - habitat use
    Foraging activity in animals reflects a compromise between acquiring food and avoiding predation. The Risk Allocation Hypothesis predicts that prey animals optimize this balance by concentrating their foraging activity at times of relatively low predation risk, as much as their energy status permits, but empirical evidence is scarce. We used a unique combination of automated telemetry, manual radio telemetry and camera trapping to test whether activity at high-risk times declined with food availability, as predicted, in a Neotropical forest rodent, the Central American agouti (Dasyprocta punctata). We found that the relative risk of predation by the main predator, the Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis), estimated as the ratio of ocelot to agouti activity on camera trap footage, was up to four orders of magnitude higher between sunset and sunrise than during the rest of the day. Kills of radio-tracked agoutis by ocelots during this high-risk period far exceeded expectations given agouti activity. Both telemetric monitoring of radio-tagged agoutis and camera monitoring of burrow entrances indicated that agoutis exited their burrows later at dawn, entered their burrows earlier at dusk, and had lower overall activity levels, as they lived in areas with higher food abundance. Thus, agoutis avoided activity during the high-risk period more strongly as access to food was higher. Our study provides quantitative empirical evidence of prey animals concentrating their activity at times of relatively low predation risk.
    A Device to Study the Behavioral Responses of Zooplankton to Food Quality and Quantity
    Bukovinszky, T. ; Helmsing, N.R. ; Grau, R.A. ; Bakker, E.S. ; Vos, M. ; UIttenhout, H. ; Verschoor, A.M. - \ 2013
    Journal of Insect Behavior 26 (2013)4. - ISSN 0892-7553 - p. 453 - 465.
    vertical migration - time allocation - daphnia-pulex - fresh-water - habitat - temperature - gradients - selection - culture - algae
    In order to explore the behavioral mechanisms underlying aggregation of foragers on local resource patches, it is necessary to manipulate the location, quality and quantity of food patches. This requires careful control over the conditions in the foraging arena, which may be a challenging task in the case of aquatic resource-consumer systems, like that of freshwater zooplankton feeding on suspended algal cells. We present an experimental tool designed to aid behavioral ecologists in exploring the consequences of resource characteristics for zooplankton aggregation behavior and movement decisions under conditions where the boundaries and characteristics (quantity and quality) of food patches can be standardized. The aggregation behavior of Daphnia magna and D. galeata x hyalina was tested in relation to i) the presence or absence of food or ii) food quality, where algae of high or low nutrient (phosphorus) content were offered in distinct patches. Individuals of both Daphnia species chose tubes containing food patches and D. galeata x hyalina also showed a preference towards food patches of high nutrient content. We discuss how the described equipment complements other behavioral approaches providing a useful tool to understand animal foraging decisions in environments with heterogeneous resource distributions.
    Rapid Establishment of a Regular Distribution of Adult Tropical Drosophila Parasitoids in a Multi-Patch Environment by Patch Defence Behaviour.
    Jong, P.W. de; Hemerik, L. ; Gort, G. ; Alphen, J.J.M. van - \ 2011
    PLoS ONE 6 (2011)7. - ISSN 1932-6203 - 7 p.
    interspecific host discrimination - asobara-tabida nees - time allocation - adaptive superparasitism - solitary parasitoids - insect parasitoids - wasps - interference - strategies - efficiency
    Females of the larval parasitoid of Drosophila, Asobara citri, from sub-Saharan Africa, defend patches with hosts by fighting and chasing conspecific females upon encounter. Females of the closely related, palearctic species Asobara tabida do not defend patches and often search simultaneously in the same patch. The effect of patch defence by A. citri females on their distribution in a multi-patch environment was investigated, and their distributions were compared with those of A. tabida. For both species 20 females were released from two release-points in replicate experiments. Females of A. citri quickly reached a regular distribution across 16 patches, with a small variance/mean ratio per patch. Conversely, A. tabida females initially showed a clumped distribution, and after gradual dispersion, a more Poisson-like distribution across patches resulted (variance/mean ratio was closer to 1 and higher than for A. citri). The dispersion of A. tabida was most probably an effect of exploitation: these parasitoids increasingly made shorter visits to already exploited patches. We briefly discuss hypotheses on the adaptive significance of patch defence behaviour or its absence in the light of differences in the natural history of both parasitoid species, notably the spatial distribution of their hosts.
    Defining and using the concept of household: a systematic review
    Casimir, G.J. ; Tobi, H. - \ 2011
    International Journal of Consumer Studies 35 (2011)5. - ISSN 1470-6423 - p. 498 - 506.
    rural households - forest products - time allocation - income - work - care - consumption - family - framework - health
    Consumption and/or domestic activities in the private domain are much studied subjects. In the field of home economics and related fields of study, the household is the main unit of analysis. This paper focuses on how the household is conceptualized in literature during 2000–2010. The paper contains two lines of investigation. The first questions whether and in which way the household is defined in a selection of peer-reviewed articles of which the concept is part of the title. The second is about the multifaceted nature of the concept and elicits the facets that feature in the articles. A systematic review was performed using the bibliographic database Web of Science, as it covers different branches of science, including, but not limited to, home economics, developmental sociology, environmental sciences and transportation. The search was formulated by means of a Boolean expression. Articles were included when they were written in English, published between 2000 and 2010, and contained Househ* in title and Theor* in the topic, and either member* or product* or care or livelihood in the topic. Abstracts and full papers were assigned to Atlas.ti, a program for computer-assisted qualitative data analysis. Bottom-up and top-down coding procedures were used for a domain analysis and a quantitative content analysis. The results show that very few (less than 10%) of the papers give a definition of the concept ‘household’. Instead, some papers give a study description based on so-called household characteristics, thereby implicitly indicating dimensions of the concept. In the Results sections, some of the characteristics used for inclusion or exclusion of study participants are mentioned, but also other characteristics. It is concluded that descriptions of households do contain commonly used facets that together construct the concept of household as a group of people sharing resources, expenditures and activities.
    Intrahousehold resource allocation and well-being : the case of rural households in Senegal
    Dia, F. - \ 2010
    Wageningen University. Promotor(en): Gerrit Antonides; Anke Niehof, co-promotor(en): Johan van Ophem. - [S.l.] : S.n. - ISBN 9789085856863 - 271
    agricultural households - resource allocation - household income - time allocation - decision making - households - rural areas - farmers' income - non-farm income - women - men - household expenditure - senegal - gender - well-being - landbouwhuishoudens - middelentoewijzing - gezinsinkomen - tijdsbesteding - besluitvorming - huishoudens - platteland - inkomen van landbouwers - inkomsten van buiten het landbouwbedrijf - vrouwen - mannen - huishouduitgaven - senegal - geslacht (gender) - welzijn
    In this last decade, poverty in developing countries remains the most important topic of debate at the international level. The main proposition was how to build policies and programs on a gender perspective approach taking into account gender differences in behavior between male and female at the level of the household. This study is undertaken in a context of two earner partners living in mixed farming systems in Senegal where earnings come primarily from crops and livestock. This book provides substantial research focused on household decision-making regarding resource allocation and consumption. Moreover, it attempts to show empirical findings on the analysis of welfare and well-being through an innovative combination of subjective and objective methods. The research shows how important socioeconomic and cultural factors are in determining earnings from agricultural activities. Important determinants of productivity are related to women’s land access, non-labor income (transfers from migrants), and the wife’s access to credit and health problems. The research illustrates also that women’s bargaining power may be strongly linked to their access to livestock resources, their mobility in purchasing food and medicine and their participation in the management of household finance. Analysis of decision-making regarding expenditures shows that women, more than men, value household goods (related to food, health and schooling expenditures) more than private goods. The results suggest that policies aimed at improving household livelihoods must understand gender differences, obligations and priorities.

    Intrahousehold resource allocation and well-being : the case of rural households in Senegal
    Dia, F. - \ 2010
    Wageningen : Wageningen Academic Publishers (AWLAE series no. 10) - ISBN 9789086861583 - 257
    landbouwhuishoudens - middelentoewijzing - gezinsinkomen - tijdsbesteding - besluitvorming - huishoudens - platteland - inkomen van landbouwers - inkomsten van buiten het landbouwbedrijf - vrouwen - mannen - huishouduitgaven - senegal - geslacht (gender) - welzijn - agricultural households - resource allocation - household income - time allocation - decision making - households - rural areas - farmers' income - non-farm income - women - men - household expenditure - gender - well-being
    Flexible use of patch-leaving mechanisms in a parasitoid wasp
    Burger, J.M.S. ; Huang, Y. ; Hemerik, L. ; Lenteren, J.C. van; Vet, L.E.M. - \ 2006
    Journal of Insect Behavior 19 (2006)2. - ISSN 0892-7553 - p. 155 - 170.
    encarsia-formosa hymenoptera - vaporariorum homoptera-aleyrodidae - time allocation - trialeurodes-vaporariorum - host relationship - infochemical use - commercial glasshouse - population-dynamics - volatile emissions - venturia-canescens
    Classical optimal-foraging theory predicts that a parasitoid is less likely to leave a patch after a host encounter when the host distribution is aggregated, whereas a parasitoid is more likely to leave after a host encounter when the host distribution is regular. Field data on host distributions in the area of origin of the whitefly parasitoid Encarsia formosa showed that whiteflies aggregate at several spatial scales. However, infested leaves most likely contained a single host. This suggests that a host encounter is not enough to decide when to leave. We therefore tested the effect of host distribution and parasitoid experience on patch-leaving behavior. Each parasitoid was observed for several consecutive days in a three-dimensional arena with leaflets containing on average one host per leaflet in an either regular or aggregated host distribution. A proportional hazards model showed that a host encounter decreased the leaving tendency on a leaflet with one host when the time since the latest host encounter was short, but increased the leaving tendency when the time since the latest host encounter was long, independent of host distribution. We conclude that a parasitoid can switch from decreasing to increasing its tendency to leave a patch after a host encounter. We propose two hypotheses that may explain the evolution of such a switching mechanism.
    Arbeid als zwakste schakel : vaste werkzaamheden vragen tussen twee en zeven uur per duizend kilo melk
    Booij, A. - \ 2005
    Veeteelt 22 (2005)1/2. - ISSN 0168-7565 - p. 10 - 12.
    melkveehouderij - arbeid (werk) - arbeidsproductiviteit - efficiëntie - arbeidsverdeling - werkuren - tijdsbesteding - werkorganisatie - arbeid in de landbouw - dairy farming - labour - labour productivity - efficiency - division of labour - working hours - time allocation - organization of work - farm labour
    Signalering van het probleem van een hoge arbeidsdruk in de melkveehouderij, doordat de arbeidsreserve is opgeraakt, waardoor het belang van een ver doorgevoerde efficiëntie nog meer op de voorgrond komt
    Sociologische kijk op verantwoordelijkheid voor natuur
    Dagevos, H. ; Breedveld, K. - \ 2004
    In: Medeverantwoordelijkheid voor natuur / Overbeek, G., Lijmbach, S., Wageningen : Wageningen Academic Publishers - ISBN 9789076998107 - p. 101 - 120.
    natuurbescherming - participatie - gedrag - sociologische analyse - tijdsbesteding - nature conservation - participation - behaviour - time allocation - sociological analysis
    De disciplinaire invalshoek van dit essay is de sociale. In de eerste plaats wordt ingegaan op verantwoordelijkheid als moderne notie, gezien vanuit de geïndividualiseerde postmoderne samenleving. Vervolgens wordt het begrip "vertaald" in termen van bestedingen in tijd en geld. De sociale context is om te benadrukken dat de verantwoordelijkheid die mensen dragen afhankelijk is van de keuzes van anderen
    Administratie een last?
    Holster, H.C. ; Vermeij, I. - \ 2003
    Praktijkkompas. Varkens 17 (2003)2. - ISSN 1570-8578 - p. 8 - 9.
    varkenshouderij - agrarische bedrijfsvoering - registratie - tijdsbesteding - pig farming - farm management - registration - time allocation
    Varkenshouders ervaren een grote administratieve lastendruk, met name door administraties waar zij het nut niet van inzien. Administraties voor de eigen bedrijfsvoering en kwaliteitsprogramma's worden niet als een belasting gezien, hoewel deze wel veel tijd vergen. Efficiënter (her)gebruik van gegevens dient te voorkomen dat diverse partijen bij varkenshouders voor dezelfde informatie aankloppen
    Op weg naar actuele kostennormen voor bos- en natuurbeheer; behoeften en mogelijkheden in kaart gebracht
    Jong, J.J. de; Raffe, J.K. van - \ 2003
    Wageningen : Alterra (Alterra-rapport 928) - 62
    arbeidskosten - natuurbescherming - kosten - normen - tijdsbesteding - bosbouw - bedrijfsvoering - nederland - forestry - costs - labour costs - nature conservation - management - time allocation - standards - netherlands
    Kostennormen worden op alle niveaus binnen het bos en natuurbeheer gebruikt ter ondersteuning van beslissingen en ter verantwoording. Actuele kostennormen zijn daarom van groot belang. Omdat het actualiseren van kostennormen voor bos- en natuurbeheer vrijwel stil is komen te liggen, is onderzocht wat de wensen te aanzien van kostennormen zijn, hoe kostennormen geactualiseerd kunnen worden en wie daarin een rol kunnen spelen.
    Methoden voor het opstellen van kostennormen voor bosbouw en natuurbeheer
    Jong, J.J. de; Raffe, J.K. van - \ 2003
    Wageningen : Alterra (Alterra-rapport 742) - 44
    bosbouw - natuurbescherming - nederland - kostenanalyse - kosten - normen - arbeidskunde - tijdsbesteding - natuurbeheer - forestry - nature conservation - netherlands - cost analysis - costs - standards - work study - time allocation - nature management
    Kostennormen zijn genormeerde kostprijzen voor het uitvoeren van werkzaamheden of het aanschaffen van goederen. Kostennormen worden met name gebruikt voor het geven van adviezen en het onderbouwen en verantwoorden van plannen. Ten behoeven van het bos- en natuurbeheer zijn in het verleden veel studies uitgevoerd om kostennormen voor het uitvoeren van werkzaamheden te bepalen. In een aantal gevallen voldoen de kostennormen niet meer aan de behoefte van de gebruikers. Het bepalen van nieuwe kostennormen is daarom gewenst om normenboeken actueel te houden. Doel van deze studie is het inzichtelijk maken van methoden om kostennormen te bepalen. Daarbij dient per methode aangegeven te worden wat de voor- en nadelen zijn. Het is niet de bedoeling om de methoden uitputtent te beschrijven. Wel is het van belang dat op basis van de gegevens in dit rapport een keuze gemaakt kan worden tussen de verschillende methode, al naar gelang het doel waarvoor de kostennormen worden opgesteld en de aard van de werkzaamheden waarvoor ze gelden.
    Hoe (be)grijpen we de toerist? Onderzoek naar tijd-ruimtelijke samenhang in toeristisch gedrag
    Elands, B.H.M. - \ 2003
    Vrijetijdstudies 20 (2003)3. - ISSN 1384-2439 - p. 37 - 54.
    toerisme - toeristisch onderzoek - vrijetijdsgedrag - tijdsbesteding - nederland - costa rica - belgië - tourism - tourism research - leisure behaviour - time allocation - netherlands - belgium
    Dit artikel is gebaseerd op het proefschrift van auteur (Wageningen, 2002). Empirisch onderzoek is verricht in twee gebieden: de Euregio Maas-Rijn en Costa Rica. Met behulp van dagboekjes en enquêtes is inzage verkregen in de vakantiepaden, de zoektocht naar ervaringen en het voorkomen van routines van toeristen. Een onvoorspelbare toerist in dit onderzoek niet teruggevonden
    Ondernemerschap: een kwestie van tijd nemen
    Enting, I. - \ 2002
    Praktijkkompas. Varkens 16 (2002)3. - ISSN 1570-8578 - p. 22 - 23.
    varkenshouderij - agrarische bedrijfsvoering - ondernemerschap - bedrijfsvoering - tijdsbesteding - tijdmanagement - vaardigheden - managementvaardigheden - beoordeling - evaluatie - pig farming - farm management - entrepreneurship - management - time allocation - time management - skills - management skills - assessment - evaluation
    Stilstand is achteruitgang en dat geldt ook voor de ontwikkeling van uw bedrijf en uw ondernemerschap.
    De toerist op het spoor : onderzoek naar de tijd-ruimtelijke samenhang in toeristisch gedrag als expressie van een zoektocht naar betekenisvolle ervaringen
    Elands, B. - \ 2002
    Wageningen University. Promotor(en): A.G.J. Dietvorst; S. de Vries. - S.l. : S.n. - ISBN 9789058085382 - 210
    toerisme - toeristisch onderzoek - toeristen - mensen - bezoekersgedrag - menselijk gedrag - tijd - roodbont maas-rijn-ijsselvee - west-europa - costa rica - ruimtelijke verdeling - tijdsbesteding - ruimte - tourism - tourism research - tourists - people - visitor behaviour - spatial distribution - time allocation - human behaviour - time - meuse-rhine-yssel - western europe - costa rica - space

    Tourist behaviour is increasingly considered to be both erratic and unpredictable. This is due to, among other things, an enormous increase of leisure products and an expanding range in both the temporal-spatial reach and financial power of consumers. Traditional classifications of tourist types, based on demographic or socio-economic characteristics, are less and less able to explain actual holiday behaviour. Moreover, preferences of tourists seem to be changing at an ever greater speed. This unpredictability makes it increasingly difficult for tourist entrepreneurs to make product adjustments based on the market. In terms of product life cycle, a constant renewing of the product is necessary to keep it attractive and innovations need to follow one another more and more quickly. Eventually, due to this development products will be outdated as soon as they appear on the market. This is especially true when taking into account those physical elements of the tourist product that are relatively fixed (such as the landscape, roads, hotels). There is a need to find more stable or permanent elements in tourist preferences for them to be useful as a base for product development. These elements may serve as a point of departure for the development of a physically and economically sustainable tourist product.

    Het groene boek : tijdnormen aanleg en onderhoud van natuur, groen en recreatieve voorzieningen ingedeeld volgens RAW-systematiek
    Anonymous, - \ 2001
    Wageningen : IMAG (IMAG-rapport 2001-05) - ISBN 9789054061892 - 363
    tijdsbesteding - arbeidskunde - onderhoud - constructie - parken - openbare parken - recreatievoorzieningen - arbeidsnormen - handboeken - natuur - time allocation - work study - maintenance - construction - parks - public parks - recreational facilities - work norms - handbooks - nature
    IMAG normenboek openbaar groen
    (Vrije)tijdpaden van gezinnen; een theoretisch tijdruimtelijke verkenning en enige empirische onderbouwing
    Kloeze, J.W. te - \ 2001
    Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education (2001). - ISSN 1077-0755 - p. 193 - 217.
    vrije tijd - vrijetijdsactiviteiten - gezinsleven - gezinsmilieu - sociale mobiliteit - menselijk gedrag - vrijetijdsgedrag - tijdsbesteding - karteringen - gegevens verzamelen - leisure - leisure activities - family life - family environment - social mobility - human behaviour - leisure behaviour - time allocation - surveys - data collection
    Arbeidsnormen afgeleid uit arbeidsregistraties
    Hendrix, A.T.M. - \ 2000
    Wageningen : Instituut voor Milieu- en Agritechniek (Nota / IMAG P 2000-23) - 39
    arbeidsnormen - arbeidskunde - activiteitsmeting - tijdsbesteding - timing - registratie - potcultuur - potplanten - work norms - work study - activity sampling - time allocation - registration - pot culture - pot plants
    Taaktijden voor de varkenshouderij
    Roelofs, P.F.M.M. ; Asseldonk, M.G.A.M. van; Schilden, M. van der - \ 1999
    Rosmalen : Praktijkonderzoek varkenshouderij (Proefverslag / Praktijkonderzoek Varkenshouderij P1.232) - 48
    varkenshouderij - taakanalyse - werkorganisatie - arbeidsnormen - tijdsbesteding - pig farming - task analysis - organization of work - work norms - time allocation
    Sinds 1987 meet het Praktijkonderzoek Varkenshouderij in het kader van diverse projecten arbeidstijden. Dit gebeurt door middel van tijdstudies en arbeidsregistraties. Om aan de vraag naar normtijden voor varkensbedrijven te voldoen zijn uit de reeds verzamelde arbeidstijden taaktijden berekend. In dit proefverslag zijn ze geordend weergegeven
    Taken van vrouwen op zeugenbedrijven en de belasting van het werk voor de rug
    Hartman, E. - \ 1999
    Praktijkonderzoek varkenshouderij 13 (1999)6. - ISSN 1382-0346 - p. 17 - 17.
    varkenshouderij - arbeidsomstandigheden - ruggengraatziekten - arbeidskunde - tijdsbesteding - mens - vrouwen - fysieke belasting - ziekteverlof - pig farming - working conditions - spinal diseases - work study - time allocation - man - women - physical pressure - sick leave
    Vrouwen voeren op zeugenbedrijven diverse werkzaamheden uit. Met name voeren, gezondheidszorg en geboorteverzorging behoren tot hun taken. Vrouwen ervaren dezelfde werkmethoden als even belastend voor de rug als mannen.
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