Factors Maintaining Genetic Variation for Host Preference in Drosophila

  • John Jaenike
Part of the Monographs in Evolutionary Biology book series (MEBI)


With the recognition in recent years that behavior may be the most important proximate determinant of patterns of host utilization in insects (Futuyma, 1983; Jermy, 1984), increasing efforts are being made to determine if populations harbor detectable levels of genetic variation for host-selection behavior. Such variation, it is believed, may be the raw material on which selection could bring about evolutionary changes in host usage. Because of the diversity of resources they use and the facility with which genetic analyses can be carried out, a substantial number of recent studies have focused on various species of Drosophila.


Breeding Site Host Preference Oviposition Preference Larval Performance Settling Behavior 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Jaenike
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  1. 1.Department of BiologyUniversity of RochesterRochesterUSA

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