A maternal effect that eliminates pupal diapause in progeny of the flesh fly, Sarcophaga bullata

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Vincent C. Henrich, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Flesh flies that have experienced pupal diapause produce progeny that will not enter diapause even when reared in a strongly diapause-inducing environment. The effect is determined, not by diapause itself, but by the short days previously received by the larvae during the programming of pupal diapause. Reciprocal cross matings indicate that the effect is transmitted solely by the female parent. Though the embryos develop within the uterus of the female, the maternal effect is transmitted prior to the onset of embryogenesis, probably during odgenesis. Only by rearing a generation in long-day (nondiapausing) conditions can the capacity for pupal diapause be restored in the progeny. The effect is likely to provide an adaptive mechanism for preventing an untimely diapause response among the progeny of overwintering females that emerge early in the spring.

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Journal of Insect Physiology
Language: English
Date: 1982
Sarcaphaga, pupal diapause, maternal determinant, photoperiod

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