Biological Invasions (2016) 18, 1089-1103

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Patricia Gibert, Matthew Hill, Marta Pascual, Christophe Plantamp, John S. Terblanche, Amir Yassin and Carla M. Sgrò (2016)
Drosophila as models to understand the adaptive process during invasion
Biological Invasions 18 (4), 1089-1103
Abstract: The last few decades have seen a growing number of species invasions globally, including many insect species. In drosophilids, there are several examples of successful invasions, i.e. Zaprionus indianus and Drosophila subobscura some decades ago, but the most recent and prominent example is the invasion of Europe and North America by the pest species, Drosophila suzukii. During the invasive process, species often encounter diverse environmental conditions that they must respond to, either through rapid genetic adaptive shifts or phenotypic plasticity, or by some combination of both. Consequently, invasive species constitute powerful models for investigating various questions related to the adaptive processes that underpin successful invasions. In this paper, we highlight how Drosophila have been and remain a valuable model group for understanding these underlying adaptive processes, and how they enable insight into key questions in invasion biology, including how quickly adaptive responses can occur when species are faced with new environmental conditions.
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Database assignments for author(s): John S. Terblanche

Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
environment - cropping system/rotation
population dynamics/ epidemiology


Pest and/or beneficial records:

Beneficial Pest/Disease/Weed Crop/Product Country Quarant.
Zaprionus indianus
Drosophila suzukii