DDT resistance, epistasis and male fitness in flies.

@article{Smith2011DDTRE,
  title={DDT resistance, epistasis and male fitness in flies.},
  author={Damian T Smith and David John Hosken and Wayne G. Rostant and Myeong-Gu Yeo and Robert M Griffin and Amanda Bretman and Thomas A. Price and Richard H. ffrench-Constant and Nina Wedell},
  journal={Journal of evolutionary biology},
  year={2011},
  volume={24 6},
  pages={
          1351-62
        }
}
In Drosophila melanogaster, the DDT resistance allele (DDT-R) is beneficial in the presence of DDT. Interestingly, DDT-R also elevates female fitness in the absence of DDT and existed in populations before DDT use. However, DDT-R did not spread regardless of DDT-independent selective advantages in females. We ask whether sexual antagonism could explain why DDT-R did not spread before pesticide use. We tested pre- and post-copulatory male fitness correlates in two genetic backgrounds into which… CONTINUE READING

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