Genetics of decayed sexual traits in a parasitoid wasp with endosymbiont-induced asexuality

Trait decay may occur when selective pressures shift, owing to changes in environment or life style, rendering formerly adaptive traits non-functional or even maladaptive. It remains largely unknown if such decay would stem from multiple mutations with small effects or rather involve few loci with major phenotypic effects. Here, we investigate the decay of… CONTINUE READING