Bashisth Narayan Singh

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Female remating is fundamental to evolutionary biology as it determines the pattern of sexual selection and sexual conflict. Remating in females is an important component of Drosophila mating systems because it affects sperm usage patterns and sexual selection. Remating is common in females of many species of Drosophila in both natural and laboratory(More)
Geographical variation in traits related to fitness is often the result of adaptive evolution. Stress resistance traits in Drosophila often show clinal variation, suggesting that selection affects resistance traits either directly or indirectly. Multiple stress resistance traits were investigated in 45 natural populations of Drosophila ananassae collected(More)
Drosophila ananassae, a cosmopolitan and domestic species, was first described by Doleschall in 1858 from Indonesia. During 1930s, cytological and genetical investigations in D. ananassae were initiated in Japan and USA which showed that it is a genetically unique species. Since then a large number of studies have been carried out by researchers in Japan,(More)
The genetic response of body size to temperature in the laboratory provides an interesting example of phenotypic plasticity. We found that females of Drosophila ananassae reared to adulthood at 18°C showed significant increase in body weight as compared to females reared at 25°C. At a given temperature, early productivity and lifetime productivity were the(More)
In frequency-dependent selection the fitness of a given genotype depends on its frequency. Frequency dependence may be positive or negative. In the positive case any rare variant is at a disadvantage, whereas rare forms are favoured in the negative case. One of the best-studied examples of frequency-dependent selection is the rare male mating advantage or(More)
BACKGROUND The amount and quality of nutrients consumed by organisms have a strong impact on stress resistance, life-history traits and reproduction. The balance between energy acquisition and expenditure is crucial to the survival and reproductive success of animals. The ability of organisms to adjust their development, physiology or behavior in response(More)
The degree and pattern of sexual isolation among closely related species can be utilized for predicting the direction of evolution and deriving a phylogeny. The Drosophila bipectinata species complex is a group of four morphologically very similar species, belonging to the ananassae subgroup of the melanogaster species group. Sexual isolation among the(More)
If one has to understand speciation through hybridization, few models can prove to be better than Drosophila. This is not only because it can be cultured in the laboratory and crosses made conveniently but also due to the fact that speciation seems to occur very fast in Drosophila, with the genus having a large number of species. All species of Drosophila,(More)
Drosophila ananassae Doleschall is a cosmopolitan and domestic species. It occupies a unique status among Drosophila species due to certain peculiarities in its genetic behaviour and is of common occurrence in India. Quantitative genetics of sexual and non-sexual traits provided evidence for genetic control of these traits. D. ananassae exhibits high level(More)