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Heritability Estimates of Host Selection Behaviour By the Drosophila Parasitoid Asobara Tabida

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Host selection behaviour enables parasitoids to distinguish between suitable and unsuitable host species when encountered in a mixture. Previously observed variation among different geographic strains of the parasitoid Asobara tabida raised the question about how genetic variation is maintained for this character. Host selection behaviour of naive parasitoid females has a regular pattern; components of this pattern showed significantly high heritability estimates. The results provide evidence that not only host selection behaviour, but also the quickness of changing this behaviour is determined strongly by heritable factors.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Population Biology, University of Leiden, P. O. Box 9516, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands, DLO-Centre for Plant Breeding and Reproduction Research (CPRO-DLO), P. O. Box 16, 6700 AA Wageningen, The Netherlands


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