Environmental enrichment improves mating success in fruit flies

  title={Environmental enrichment improves mating success in fruit flies},
  author={Reuven Dukas and Arne O. Mooers},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
Environmental enrichment, defined as housing conditions that include a combination of complex inanimate and social stimulation, has strong positive effects on brain and behaviour in various species. We extended previous studies to evaluate how enrichment affects mating success. In a series of experiments, we found that male fruit flies, Drosophila melanogaster, reared in an enriched environment were twice as successful in acquiring mates as were males from standard rearing conditions. The… 

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