Population growth rate and genetic variability of small and large populations of Red flour beetle (Tribolium castaneum) following multigenerational exposure to copper.

@article{Laskowski2015PopulationGR,
  title={Population growth rate and genetic variability of small and large populations of Red flour beetle (Tribolium castaneum) following multigenerational exposure to copper.},
  author={Ryszard Laskowski and Jacek Radwan and Katarzyna Kuduk and Magdalena Mendrok and Paulina Kramarz},
  journal={Ecotoxicology},
  year={2015},
  volume={24 5},
  pages={1162-70}
}
We reared large (1000 individuals) and small (20 individuals) populations of Tribolium castaneum on diet contaminated with copper in order to determine if the size of a population affects its ability to adapt to adverse environmental conditions. After 10 generations, we used microsatellite markers to estimate and subsequently compare the genetic variability of the copper-treated populations with that of the control populations, which were reared on uncontaminated medium. Additionally, we… CONTINUE READING
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