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Genetics. 1988 Sep;120(1):213-20.

Diazinon resistance, fluctuating asymmetry and fitness in the Australian sheep blowfly, lucilia cuprina.

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  • 1Department of Genetics, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Australia 3052.


Genetic evidence suggests that the evolution of resistance to the insecticide diazinon in Lucilia cuprina initially produced an increase in asymmetry. At that time resistant flies were presumed to be at a selective disadvantage in the absence of diazinon. Subsequent evolution in natural populations selected modifiers to ameliorate these effects. The fitness and fluctuating asymmetry levels of resistant flies are currently similar to those of susceptibles. Previous genetic analyses have shown the fitness modifier to co-segregate with the region of chromosome III marked by the white eyes, w, locus, unlinked to the diazinon resistance locus, Rop-1, on chromosome IV. This study maps the asymmetry modifier to the same region, shows, as in the case of the fitness modifier, its effect to be dominant and presents data consistent with the fitness/asymmetry modifier being the same gene (gene complex). These results suggest changes in fluctuating asymmetry reflect changes in fitness.

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