Inbreeding reduces fitness of seed beetles under thermal stress

Ivimey-Cook, Edward ORCID:, Bricout, Sophie, Candela, Victoria, Maklakov, Alexei A. ORCID: and Berg, Elena C. (2021) Inbreeding reduces fitness of seed beetles under thermal stress. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 34 (9). pp. 1386-1396. ISSN 1010-061X

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Human-induced environmental change can influence populations both at the global level through climatic warming and at the local level through habitat fragmentation. As populations become more isolated, they can suffer from high levels of inbreeding, which contributes to a reduction in fitness, termed inbreeding depression. However, it is still unclear if this increase in homozygosity also results in a corresponding increase in sensitivity to stressful conditions, which could intensify the already detrimental effects of environmental warming. Here, in a fully factorial design, we assessed the life-long impact of increased inbreeding load and elevated temperature on key life history traits in the seed beetle, Callosobruchus maculatus. We found that beetles raised at higher temperatures had far reduced fitness and survival than beetles from control temperatures. Importantly, these negative effects were exacerbated in inbred beetles as a result of increased inbreeding load, with further detrimental effects manifesting on individual eclosion probability and lifetime reproductive success. These results reveal the harmful impact that increasing temperature and likelihood of habitat fragmentation due to anthropogenetic changes in environmental conditions could have on populations of organisms worldwide.

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Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Biological Sciences
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Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2021 00:10
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2023 00:38
DOI: 10.1111/jeb.13899


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