Developmental and genetic effects on behavioral and life- history traits in a field cricket

Wey, Tina w.; Réale, Denis et Kelly, Clint D. (2019). « Developmental and genetic effects on behavioral and life- history traits in a field cricket ». Ecology and Evolution.

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Abstract A fundamental goal of evolutionary ecology is to identify the sources underlying trait variation on which selection can act. Phenotypic variation will be determined by both genetic and environmental factors, and adaptive phenotypic plasticity is expected when organisms can adjust their phenotypes to match environmental cues. Much recent research interest has focused on the relative importance of environmental and genetic factors on the expression of behavioral traits, in particular, and how they compare with morphological and life‐history traits. Little research to date examines the effect of development on the expression of heritable variation in behavioral traits, such as boldness and activity. We tested for genotype, environment, and gen‐ otype‐by‐environment differences in body mass, development time, boldness, and activity, using developmental density treatments combined with a quantitative ge‐ netic design in the sand field cricket (Gryllus firmus). Similar to results from previous work, animals reared at high densities were generally smaller and took longer to ma‐ ture, and body mass and development time were moderately heritable. In contrast, neither boldness nor activity responded to density treatments, and they were not heritable. The only trait that showed significant genotype‐by‐environment differ‐ ences was development time. It is possible that adaptive behavioral plasticity is not evident in this species because of the highly variable social environments it naturally experiences. Our results illustrate the importance of validating the assumption that behavioral phenotype reflects genetic patterns and suggest questions about the role of environmental instability in trait variation and heritability.

Type: Article de revue scientifique
Mots-clés ou Sujets: behavioral traits, developmental plasticity, Gryllus firmus, heritability, population density, quantitative genetics
Unité d'appartenance: Faculté des sciences > Département des sciences biologiques
Déposé par: Clint Dale Kelly
Date de dépôt: 04 févr. 2019 09:21
Dernière modification: 04 févr. 2019 09:21
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