Researches on Population Ecology

, Volume 32, Issue 2, pp 279–287 | Cite as

Genetic analysis of the wing-form determination of the small brown planthopper,Laodelphax striatellus (Hemiptera: Delphacidae)

  • Kiyoko Mori
  • Fusao Nakasuji


The mechanism of the genetic control of wing form determination of the small brown planthopperLaodelphax striatellus was analyzed by selection and crossing experiments. The selection experiment for brachypterous and macropterous forms for 13 generations showed that the wing form is under some genetic control. The crossing experiment showed that the wing form polymorphism was not a simple Mendelian character but was under polygenic control. The data from the crossing experiment were applied to the liability method for the quantitative genetics by Falconer (1981). The analysis suggested that wing form determination was a threshold character under polygenic control, and the estimated minimum number of loci concerned was 2.07. The realized heritability estimated from the data of selection experiment was 0.36 for macroptery. On the other hand, the heritability in broad sense estimated on the basis of the variance of F1 and F2 in crossing experiment was 0.81.


Zera Wing Form Polygenic Control Threshold Unit Wing Morphism 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kiyoko Mori
    • 1
  • Fusao Nakasuji
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Applied Entomology, Faculty of AgricultureOkayama UniversityOkayamaJapan

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