Biological Invasions

, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 1089–1103

Drosophila as models to understand the adaptive process during invasion

  • Patricia Gibert
  • Matthew Hill
  • Marta Pascual
  • Christophe Plantamp
  • John S. Terblanche
  • Amir Yassin
  • Carla M. Sgrò
Insect Invasions

DOI: 10.1007/s10530-016-1087-4

Cite this article as:
Gibert, P., Hill, M., Pascual, M. et al. Biol Invasions (2016) 18: 1089. doi:10.1007/s10530-016-1087-4

Abstract

The last few decades have seen a growing number of species invasions globally, including many insect species. In drosophilids, there are several examples of successful invasions, i.e. Zaprionus indianus and Drosophila subobscura some decades ago, but the most recent and prominent example is the invasion of Europe and North America by the pest species, Drosophila suzukii. During the invasive process, species often encounter diverse environmental conditions that they must respond to, either through rapid genetic adaptive shifts or phenotypic plasticity, or by some combination of both. Consequently, invasive species constitute powerful models for investigating various questions related to the adaptive processes that underpin successful invasions. In this paper, we highlight how Drosophila have been and remain a valuable model group for understanding these underlying adaptive processes, and how they enable insight into key questions in invasion biology, including how quickly adaptive responses can occur when species are faced with new environmental conditions.

Keywords

Local adaptation Phenotypic plasticity Drosophila subobscura Drosophila suzukii Zaprionus indianus 

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • Patricia Gibert
    • 1
  • Matthew Hill
    • 2
  • Marta Pascual
    • 3
  • Christophe Plantamp
    • 1
  • John S. Terblanche
    • 2
  • Amir Yassin
    • 4
  • Carla M. Sgrò
    • 5
  1. 1.CNRS, UMR 5558, Laboratoire de Biométrie et Biologie EvolutiveUniversité Lyon 1VilleurbanneFrance
  2. 2.Centre for Invasion Biology, Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology, Faculty of AgriSciencesStellenbosch UniversityMatielandSouth Africa
  3. 3.Departament de Genètica – IRBio, Facultat de BiologiaUniversitat de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  4. 4.Laboratory of GeneticsUniversity of WisconsinMadisonUSA
  5. 5.School of Biological SciencesMonash UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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