0$ implies that $f(y)=0$ for every vertex $y$ of $G$ within distance at most $f(x)$ from $x$.The broadcast independence number $alpha_b(G)$ of $G$is the largest weight $sumlimits_{xin V(G)}f(x)$of an independent broadcast $f$ on $G$.It is known that $alpha(G)leq alpha_b(G)leq 4alpha(G)$for every connected graph $G$,where $alpha(G)$ is the independence number of $G$.If $G$ has girth $g$ and minimum degree $delta$,we show that $alpha_b(G)leq 2alpha(G)$provided that $ggeq 6$ and $deltageq 3$or that $ggeq 4$ and $deltageq 5$.Furthermore, we show that, for every positive integer $k$,there is a connected graph $G$ of girth at least $k$ and minimum degree at least $k$ such that $alpha_b(G)geq 2left(1-frac{1}{k}right)alpha(G)$.Our results imply that lower bounds on the girth and the minimum degreeof a connected graph $G$can lower the fraction $frac{alpha_b(G)}{alpha(G)}$from $4$ below $2$, but not any further.]]>
0$ and $C = C(r) > 0$ are constants depending on $r$.]]>