Journal article

Stress resistance and environmental dependency of inbreeding depression in Drosophila melanogaster

J Dahlgaard, AA Hoffmann

CONSERVATION BIOLOGY | BLACKWELL SCIENCE INC | Published : 2000

Abstract

Both inbreeding and environmental stress can have adverse effects on fitness that affect the conservation of endangered species. Two important issues are whether stress and inbreeding effects are independent as opposed to synergistic, and whether inbreeding effects are general across stresses as opposed to stress-specific. We found that inbreeding reduced resistance to acetone and desiccation in adult Drosophila melanogaster, whereas resistance to knockdown heat stress was not affected. Inbred flies, however, experienced a greater proportional decrease in productivity than outbreds following heat stress. Correlations using line means indicated that all resistance traits were uncorrelated in ..

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