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Effects of parental larval diet on egg size and offspring traits in Drosophila.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19875510     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
If a mother's nutritional status predicts the nutritional environment of the offspring, it would be adaptive for mothers experiencing nutritional stress to prime their offspring for a better tolerance to poor nutrition. We report that in Drosophila melanogaster, parents raised on poor larval food laid 3-6% heavier eggs than parents raised on standard food, despite being 30 per cent smaller. Their offspring developed 14 h (4%) faster on the poor food than offspring of well-fed parents. However, they were slightly smaller as adults. Thus, the effects of parental diet on offspring performance under malnutrition apparently involve both adaptive plasticity and maladaptive effects of parental stress.
Roshan K Vijendravarma; Sunitha Narasimha; Tadeusz J Kawecki
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2009-10-29
Journal Detail:
Title:  Biology letters     Volume:  6     ISSN:  1744-957X     ISO Abbreviation:  Biol. Lett.     Publication Date:  2010 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-03-15     Completed Date:  2010-07-15     Revised Date:  2013-05-31    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101247722     Medline TA:  Biol Lett     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  238-41     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland.
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MeSH Terms
Animal Nutritional Physiological Phenomena*
Body Size
Drosophila melanogaster / physiology*
Larva / physiology
Ovum / cytology*
Stress, Physiological / physiology*

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