Coevolving parasites and population size shape the evolution of mating behaviour

  title={Coevolving parasites and population size shape the evolution of mating behaviour},
  author={Niels A. G. Kerstes and Camillo B{\'e}r{\'e}nos and Oliver Y. Martin},
  booktitle={BMC Evolutionary Biology},
Coevolution with parasites and population size are both expected to influence the evolution of mating rates. To gain insights into the interaction between these dual selective factors, we used populations from a coevolution experiment with the red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum, and its microsporidian parasite, Nosema whitei. We maintained each experimental population at two different population sizes. We assayed the mating behaviour of both males and females from coevolved and paired non… CONTINUE READING
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