Wednesday, October 5, 2011

my first attempt...

Long, TAF., Pischedda, A., Nichols, RV., & Rice, WR. 2010. The time of mating influences reproductive success in Drosophila melanogaster: implications for sexual conflict. J. Evol. Biol. 23:1024-1032.

This article examines the importance of variation in the timing of mating events in female LRS in the model species Drosophila melanogaster. Specifically, the authors explored how variation in the patterns of single and multiple matings influences female fecundity (and male reproductive success) by looking at virgin flies and non virgin flies and the timing of matings. The results conclude that female mating or remating events could lead to substantial direct fitness benefits, provided the mating occur shortly before the oviposition period. This article is important to research on female mate choice and what affect female preference has on subsequent rematings. Comparing the timing of matings between virgin and nonvirgin females and how this affects fecundity also gives insight to the mechanisms controlling remating patterns in D. Melanogaster.

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