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Genetics. 1992 Sep;132(1):205-9.

Frequencies of mitochondrial DNA haplotypes in laboratory cage populations of the mosquito, Aedes albopictus.

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Department of Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame, Indiana 46556.


A laboratory cage experiment was undertaken to study changes over time in the frequencies of two mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) haplotypes in the mosquito, Aedes albopictus, under two conditions: bidirectionally compatible matings and unidirectionally incompatible matings. Frequencies were monitored for 10 generations in three replicate cages for each of the two conditions above. In cages with bidirectionally compatible strains, changes in haplotype frequencies were nondirectional and neither haplotype increased in frequency. Statistical analysis of relative proportions of the two haplotypes in each generation indicated that the magnitude of the observed fluctuations could be expected under an assumption of random genetic drift alone. In cages with unidirectionally incompatible matings, mtDNA of females that lay inviable eggs upon mating with males of another strain, decreased significantly in the F1 generation and was completely replaced in the F2 generation.

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