Inbreeding Depression and Laboratory Adaptation in Heliothis virescens (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae)

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Tobacco budworms, Heliothis virescens (F.), suffered severely from inbreeding depression after one generation of brother-sister mating. Larval viability was particularly affected. Inadvertent selection for laboratory adaptation appeared to have a greater impact on mating behavior of females than of males. Maintenance of large colony sizes and outcrossing laboratory females to field-collected males may be practical methods of avoiding significant inbreeding depression in laboratory colonies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)583-587
Number of pages5
JournalAnnals of the Entomological Society of America
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 1986

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  • Insect Science


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