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Background: Insights into the genetic capacities of species to adapt to future climate change can be gained by using comparative genomic and transcriptomic data to reconstruct the genetic changes associated with such adaptations in the past. Here we investigate the genetic changes associated with...

Author(s)
Rane, R. V.; Pearce, S. L.; Li Fang; Coppin, C.; Schiffer, M.; Shirriffs, J.; Sgrò, C. M.; Griffin, P. C.; Zhang GouJie; Lee, S. F.; Hoffmann, A. A.; Oakeshott, J. G.
Publisher
BioMed Central Ltd, London, UK
Citation
BMC Genomics, 2019, 20, 52, pp (16 January 2019)
Abstract

Sexual reproduction implies binary outcomes of competitive interactions for access to male gametes: lifelong virgin females with null fitness vs. mated females with variable (generally nonzero) fitness. Female mating failure has long remained a dormant concept in sexual selection theory in part...

Author(s)
Rhainds, M.
Publisher
Wiley, Oxford, UK
Citation
Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, 2019, 167, 1, pp 73-84
Abstract

Chemosensory proteins (CSP) are soluble carrier proteins that may function in odorant reception in insects. CSPs have not been thoroughly studied at whole-genome level, despite the availability of insect genomes. Here, we identified/reidentified 283 CSP genes in the genomes of 22 mosquitoes. All...

Author(s)
Mei Ting; Fu WenBo; Li Bo; He ZhengBo; Chen Bin
Publisher
Public Library of Sciences (PLoS), San Francisco, USA
Citation
PLoS ONE, 2018, 13, 1, pp e0190412
Abstract

Chemicals released into the environment by food, predators and conspecifics play critical roles in Drosophila reproduction. Females and males live in an environment full of smells, whose molecules communicate to them the availability of food, potential mates, competitors or predators. Volatile...

Author(s)
Billeter, J. C.; Wolfner, M. F.
Publisher
Springer, New York, USA
Citation
Journal of Chemical Ecology, 2018, 44, 9, pp 750-769
Abstract

Background: The males of some sepsid species (Sepsidae: Diptera) have abdominal appendages that are remarkable in several ways. They are sexually dimorphic, have a complex evolutionary history of gain and loss, and can be jointed and thus highly mobile. The sternite brushes are used extensively in...

Author(s)
Melicher, D.; Su, K. F. Y.; Meier, R.; Bowsher, J. H.
Publisher
BioMed Central Ltd, London, UK
Citation
BMC Evolutionary Biology, 2018, 18, 151, pp (10 October 2018)
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Mammals live and thrive in environments presenting ongoing threats from parasites in the form of biting flies, ticks and intestinal worms and from pathogens as wound contaminants and agents of infectious disease. Several strategies have evolved that enable animals to deal with parasites and...

Author(s)
Hart, B. L.; Hart, L. A.
Publisher
Royal Society, London, UK
Citation
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. Biological Sciences, 2018, 373, 1751, pp 20170205
Abstract

Predicting how species will respond to the rapid climatic changes predicted this century is an urgent task. Species distribution models (SDMs) use the current relationship between environmental variation and species' abundances to predict the effect of future environmental change on their...

Author(s)
O'Brien, E. K.; Higgie, M.; Reynolds, A.; Hoffmann, A. A.; Bridle, J. R.
Publisher
Wiley, Oxford, UK
Citation
Global Change Biology, 2017, 23, 5, pp 1847-1860
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Background: Many diurnal animals exhibit a mid-day 'siesta', generally thought to be an adaptive response aimed at minimizing exposure to heat on warm days, suggesting that in regions with cooler climates mid-day siestas might be a less prominent feature of animal behavior. Drosophila melanogaster...

Author(s)
Cao WeiHuan; Edery, I.
Publisher
BioMed Central Ltd, London, UK
Citation
BMC Evolutionary Biology, 2017, 17, 32, pp (23 January 2017)
Abstract

The house fly, Musca domestica, occupies an unusual diversity of potentially septic niches compared with other sequenced Dipteran insects and is a vector of numerous diseases of humans and livestock. In the present study, we apply whole-transcriptome sequencing to identify genes whose expression is ...

Author(s)
Sackton, T. B.; Lazzaro, B. P.; Clark, A. G.
Publisher
Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK
Citation
Molecular Biology and Evolution, 2017, 34, 4, pp 857-872
Abstract

Maternally inherited bacterial endosymbionts are common in many arthropod species. Some endosymbionts cause female-biased sex ratio distortion in their hosts that can result in profound changes to a host's mating behaviour and reproductive biology. Dance flies (Diptera: Empidinae) are well known...

Author(s)
Murray, R. L.; Herridge, E. J.; Ness, R. W.; Bussière, L. F.
Publisher
Public Library of Sciences (PLoS), San Francisco, USA
Citation
PLoS ONE, 2017, 12, 6, pp e0178364

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