Journal article

A Comparison of Inbreeding Depression in Tropical and Widespread Drosophila Species

Jesper S Bechsgaard, Ary A Hoffmann, Carla Sgro, Volker Loeschcke, Trine Bilde, Torsten N Kristensen



The evolutionary history of widespread and specialized species is likely to cause a different genetic architecture of key ecological traits in the two species groups. This may affect how these two groups respond to inbreeding. Here we investigate inbreeding effects in traits related to performance in 5 widespread and 5 tropical restricted species of Drosophila with the aim of testing whether the two species groups suffered differently from inbreeding depression. The traits investigated were egg-to-adult viability, developmental time and resistance to heat, cold and desiccation. Our results showed that levels of inbreeding depression were species and trait specific and did not differ between ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was funded by the Danish Natural Research Council with a Steno stipend to TNK and a frame grant to VL. AAH was supported via Australian Research Council Fellowship and Discovery grant schemes.