Experimental evolution under varying sex ratio and nutrient availability modulates male mating success in Drosophila melanogaster

Sepil, Irem, Perry, Jennifer C. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8449-2764, Dore, Alice, Chapman, Tracey and Wigby, Stuart (2022) Experimental evolution under varying sex ratio and nutrient availability modulates male mating success in Drosophila melanogaster. Biology Letters, 18 (6). ISSN 1744-9561

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Biased population sex ratios can alter optimal male mating strategies, and allocation to reproductive traits depends on nutrient availability. However, there is little information on how nutrition interacts with sex ratio to influence the evolution of pre-copulatory and post-copulatory traits separately. To address this omission, we test how male mating success and reproductive investment evolve under varying sex ratios and adult diet in Drosophila melanogaster, using experimental evolution. We found that sex ratio and nutrient availability interacted to determine male pre-copulatory performance. Males from female-biased populations were slow to mate when they evolved under protein restriction. By contrast, we found direct and non-interacting effects of sex ratio and nutrient availability on post-copulatory success. Males that evolved under protein restriction were relatively poor at suppressing female remating. Males that evolved under equal sex ratios fathered more offspring and were better at supressing female remating, relative to males from male-biased or female-biased populations. These results support the idea that sex ratios and nutrition interact to determine the evolution of pre-copulatory mating traits, but independently influence the evolution of post-copulatory traits.

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Additional Information: Funding: This research was funded by the BBSRC (BB/M011216/1 to A.D.; BB/ K014544/1 to S.W.; BB/T008881/1 to I.S.) and NERC (NE/R010056/1 to T.C., NE/R000891/1 to T.C. and Amanda Bretman; NE/ P017193/1 to J.C.P.).
Uncontrolled Keywords: experimental evolution,nutrient availability,post-copulatory mating traits,pre-copulatory mating traits,sex ratio,sexual selection,agricultural and biological sciences (miscellaneous),agricultural and biological sciences(all) ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1100/1101
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Biological Sciences
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Conservation
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Organisms and the Environment
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2022 11:30
Last Modified: 15 May 2023 00:52
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/85394
DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2021.0652


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