The importance of trans-generational effects in Lepidoptera

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Woestmann , L & Saastamoinen , M 2016 , ' The importance of trans-generational effects in Lepidoptera ' , Current zoology , vol. 62 , no. 5 , pp. 489-499 . https://doi.org/10.1093/cz/zow029

Title: The importance of trans-generational effects in Lepidoptera
Author: Woestmann, Luisa; Saastamoinen, Marjo
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Biosciences
University of Helsinki, Biosciences
Date: 2016-10
Language: eng
Number of pages: 11
Belongs to series: Current zoology
ISSN: 1674-5507
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/167916
Abstract: The importance of trans-generational effects in shaping an individuals' phenotype and fitness, and consequently even impacting population dynamics is increasingly apparent. Most of the research on trans-generational effects still focuses on plants, mammals, and birds. In the past few years, however, increasing number of studies, especially on maternal effects, have highlighted their importance also in many insect systems. Lepidoptera, specifically butterflies, have been used as model systems for studying the role of phenotypic plasticity within generations. As ectotherms, they are highly sensitive to environmental variation, and indeed many butterflies show adaptive phenotypic plasticity in response to environmental conditions. Here, we synthesize what is known about trans-generational effects in Lepidoptera, compile evidence for different environmental cues that are important drivers of trans-generational effects, and point out which offspring traits are mainly impacted. Finally, we emphasize directions for future research that are needed for better understanding of the adaptive nature of trans-generational effects in Lepidoptera in particular, but potentially also in other organisms.
Subject: butterfly
maternal effect
moth
offspring quality
paternal effect
plasticity
BUTTERFLY BICYCLUS-ANYNANA
LIFE-HISTORY TRAITS
PREDICTIVE ADAPTIVE RESPONSES
SPECIALIST MARINE HERBIVORE
OVIPOSITION-SITE CHOICE
GYPSY-MOTH LEPIDOPTERA
LARVAL FOOD LIMITATION
POPULATION-DYNAMICS
HOST-PLANT
PHENOTYPIC PLASTICITY
1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
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