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dc.titleEarly-exposure to new sex pheromone blends alters mate preference in female butterflies and in their offspring
dc.contributor.authorDion, E.
dc.contributor.authorPui, L.X.
dc.contributor.authorWeber, K.
dc.contributor.authorMonteiro, A.
dc.date.accessioned2021-08-23T03:23:10Z
dc.date.available2021-08-23T03:23:10Z
dc.date.issued2020-01-02
dc.identifier.citationDion, E., Pui, L.X., Weber, K., Monteiro, A. (2020-01-02). Early-exposure to new sex pheromone blends alters mate preference in female butterflies and in their offspring. Nature Communications 11 (1) : 53. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-019-13801-2
dc.identifier.issn20411723
dc.identifier.urihttps://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/198739
dc.description.abstractWhile the diversity of sex pheromone communication systems across insects is well documented, the mechanisms that lead to such diversity are not well understood. Sex pheromones constitute a species-specific system of sexual communication that reinforces interspecific reproductive isolation. When odor blends evolve, the efficacy of male-female communication becomes compromised, unless preference for novel blends also evolves. We explore odor learning as a possible mechanism leading to changes in sex pheromone preferences in the butterfly Bicyclus anynana. Our experiments reveal mating patterns suggesting that mating bias for new blends can develop following a short learning experience, and that this maternal experience impacts the mating outcome of offspring without further exposure. We propose that odor learning can be a key factor in the evolution of sex pheromone blend recognition and in chemosensory speciation. © 2020, The Author(s).
dc.publisherNature Research
dc.rightsAttribution 4.0 International
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.sourceScopus OA2020
dc.typeArticle
dc.contributor.departmentDEPT OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
dc.description.doi10.1038/s41467-019-13801-2
dc.description.sourcetitleNature Communications
dc.description.volume11
dc.description.issue1
dc.description.page53
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