Journal article

A Single Hot Event That Does Not Affect Survival but Decreases Reproduction in the Diamondback Moth, Plutella xylostella

Wei Zhang, Fei Zhao, Ary A Hoffmann, Chun-Sen Ma

PLoS One | Public Library of Science (PLoS) | Published : 2013


Extremely hot events (usually involving a few hours at extreme high temperatures in summer) are expected to increase in frequency in temperate regions under global warming. The impact of these events is generally overlooked in insect population prediction, since they are unlikely to cause widespread mortality, however reproduction may be affected by them. In this study, we examined such stress effects in the diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella. We simulated a single extreme hot day (maximum of 40°C lasting for 3, 4 or 5 h) increasingly experienced under field conditions. This event had no detrimental effects on immediate mortality, copulation duration, mating success, longevity or lifetime..

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Awarded by Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), PR China

Funding Acknowledgements

This research was financially supported by a research grant (201103021) from the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), PR China. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.