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Laboratory Selection Studies of Life-History Physiology in Insects

Anthony J. Zera and Lawrence G. Harshman

in Experimental Evolution

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780520247666
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944473 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520247666.003.0010
Laboratory Selection Studies of Life-History Physiology in Insects

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This chapter focuses on research in life-history evolution and evolutionary physiology of insects. It summarizes the current status of major topics of research on the physiological causes of life-history traits and trade offs conducted during the past twenty-five years on laboratory-selected lines of insects. Most detailed studies have been undertaken using two experimental models: the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster and crickets of the genus Gryllus. The chapter also discusses several notable physiological studies on laboratory selection of life-history traits in the Lepidoptera.

Keywords: life-history evolution; evolutionary physiology; insects; life-history traits; trade offs; fruit fly; Drosophila melanogaster; Gryllus; laboratory selection; Lepidoptera

Chapter.  19052 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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