|Citation||Higa, I., Fuyama, Y. (1993). Genetics of food preference in Drosophila sechellia. I. Responses to food attractants. Genetica 88(2-3): 129--136. (Export to RIS)|
|Publication Type||Research paper|
|PubMed Abstract||To reveal the genetic mechanism of host selection in a monophagous fruit fly Drosophila sechellia, olfactory responses and oviposition preferences of this species were compared with those of closely related polyphagous species, D. simulans and D. melanogaster. Adult flies of D. sechellia were strongly attracted to the ripe fruit of Morinda citrifolia which is known to be the sole breeding site of this species. They were also attracted to the odor of n-caproic acid which is contained in the ripe fruit of M. citrifolia and is presumably responsible for the characteristic odor of the fruit. In contrast, D. simulans and D. melanogaster showed a strong repulsion to n-caproic acid. In parallel with the olfactory responses, D. sechellia females laid eggs preferentially on a medium containing n-caproic acid, to which the other two species showed an aversion. Genetic analyses using the hybrid progeny between D. sechellia and D. simulans suggested that the species differences in these behaviors are controlled by gene(s) located on the second chromosome.|
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