Genetic Changes of Life History and Behavioral Traits during Mass-Rearing in the Melon Fly, Bactrocera cucurbitae (Diptera: Tephritidae)

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Quantitative genetic studies for life history and behavioral traits are important in quality control for insect mass-rearing programs. Firstly, a brief history of quality control in mass-reared insects is described. Next, the differentiation of many traits of wild and mass-reared melon flies, Bactrocera cucurbitae, in Okinawa is reviewed, and the factors which have caused variation in these traits are considered. As artificial selection pressures are thought to be more important than inbreeding depression and genetic drift in the mass-reared strain of the Okinawan melon fly, two artificial selection experiments were conducted to evaluate genetic variations and genetic correlations among life history and behavioral traits. These are divergent selections for age at reproduction and for developmental period. The genetic relationship among 5 traits, i.e. longevity, age at reproduction, developmental period, circadian period, and time of mating was clarified and discussed in relation to genetic changes of traits during the mass-rearing. The results suggest that the genetic trade-off relationships between traits should be taken into account in mass-rearing programs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-310
Number of pages10
JournalResearches on Population Ecology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes



  • Genetic correlation
  • Life history
  • Mass-rearing
  • Quality control
  • Quantitative genetics
  • Selection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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