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Social learning about egg-laying substrates in fruitflies.
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PMID:  19759037     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Social learning, defined as learning from other individuals, has had dramatic effects on some species, including humans, in whom it has generated a rich culture. As a first step in examining the evolution of and mechanisms underlying social learning in insects, we tested for social learning in fruitflies (Drosophila melanogaster). Focal females (observers) that experienced novel food together with mated females (models), who had laid eggs on that food, subsequently exhibited a stronger preference for laying eggs on that food over another novel food compared with focal females that experienced the food alone. We observed no social learning, however, when observers experienced food with potentially more ambiguous social information provided by the presence of either virgin models or aggregation pheromone. This first documentation of social learning about egg-laying substrates in fruitflies builds on recent data indicating intricate use of social information by fruitflies and opens up exciting avenues for research on the evolution and neurogenetics of social learning using biology's major model system.
Sachin Sarin; Reuven Dukas
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2009-09-16
Journal Detail:
Title:  Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society     Volume:  276     ISSN:  1471-2954     ISO Abbreviation:  Proc. Biol. Sci.     Publication Date:  2009 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-11-11     Completed Date:  2010-03-01     Revised Date:  2013-05-31    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101245157     Medline TA:  Proc Biol Sci     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  4323-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Animal Behaviour Group, Department of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON L8S4K1, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Biological Evolution*
Drosophila melanogaster / physiology*
Learning / physiology*
Oviposition / physiology*
Social Facilitation*

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